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Dr Anthony Fauci says he would ‘support’ vaccine warrant for air travel

Leading national infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has said he will support a Covid-19 vaccine warrant for air travel.

“I would argue that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, you should be vaccinated,” he said in an excerpt from an interview with theSkimm’s podcast, which targets millennial women. .

The US Travel Association responded to Fauci’s comment on Monday, saying science and studies show air travel is safe as long as face masks are worn.

US Travel has long argued that there should not be a mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travel. Such a policy would have an unfair and negative impact on families with young children who are not yet eligible to do so. vaccinate, ”said Tori Emerson Barnes, head of the organization. executive vice president of public affairs and policy, said in a statement.

The association said it believes a federal mask requirement, which has been extended until January 2022, will protect travelers.

“Although US Travel does not endorse a national vaccine mandate, we continue to believe that vaccines are the quickest path to normalcy for everyone, and we strongly encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated immediately for their own benefit. protect, protect their families and their neighbors, “Barnes said.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby raised the possibility of a vaccine requirement for passengers last month on MSNBC, saying it would be a “government responsibility and requirement.” The company is already demanding that all U.S. employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Delta Air Lines announced in May that it would require all new U.S. recruits to be vaccinated.

Fauci’s comments followed President Joe Biden’s announcement of sweeping vaccine requirements. The president mandated vaccines for federal workers and contractors, and also said he had asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency rule requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce either fully vaccinated or require any unvaccinated worker to produce a negative Covid test. at least once a week.

At a press briefing on Friday, Jeff Zients, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator, said the Biden administration was taking “strong action on vaccination requirements.”

Regarding warrants for air travel, Zients said, “Overall, I think we have a – you know, a very strong track record that shows that we are pulling the levers available to acquire vaccines and that we are not taking any action on the table. “