September 20, 2021

Dr. Fauci says he ‘would support’ COVID vaccine mandate for air travel

WASHINGTON — The nation’s high infectious illness professional, Dr. Anthony Fauci, mentioned he would help mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for air travel.

“I would support that,” Dr. Fauci informed The Skimm podcast on Friday. “If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people … you should be vaccinated.”

He didn’t specify within the podcast interview whether or not the vaccine mandate he helps would simply be for vacationers over the age of 12 or all vacationers.

The U.S. Travel Affiliation responded that whereas they help individuals getting vaccinated, they’ve “long maintained that there should be no mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travel.”

“Such a policy would have an unfair, negative impact on families with young children who are not yet eligible to get the vaccine,” the assertion continued.

They imagine the masks mandate, which has been prolonged by way of January 2022, is sufficient to hold passengers secure — pointing to a examine performed by the Division of Protection in partnership with United Airways.

The examine discovered that the chance of COVID-19 publicity onboard an plane is “virtually non-existent” and when masks are worn there may be solely a 0.003% probability particles from a passenger can enter the respiration area of a passenger sitting beside them.

“Proper tools are already in place to enable safe air travel for Americans,” the affiliation emphasised.

White Home Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients was additionally requested about the opportunity of vaccine mandates for home flights Monday.

“We’re pulling available levers to require vaccinations and we’re not taking any measures off the table,” he mentioned.

Final week, the Biden administration proposed employers with greater than 100 employees mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or provide weekly testing.

Some main U.S. airways, like United, have already introduced they may require all workers to be totally vaccinated and grant little room for exceptions.

However U.S. airline CEOs have been skeptical in regards to the feasibility of mandating vaccines for passengers.

United CEO Scott Kirby has referred to as the suggestion “logistically impractical.”

“I think it would require government response and government tracking to make that practical and make it work,” he informed MSNBC final month, “and so it’s probably unlikely to happen domestically.”

Delta CEO Ed Bastian informed CBS it will be a “logistical dilemma” to attempt to implement the requirement within the U.S. and threaten to “bottleneck the domestic travel system.”