President Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci has spoken out in favor of banning people from flying if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Fauci was asked in an interview with theSkimm on Monday if he would support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Americans to fly.
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“I would argue that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, you should be vaccinated,” Fauci said.
The White House has not explicitly withdrawn a federal vaccination requirement for air travel.
Although, with Fauci’s influence as the president’s best doctor, the administration could lean in that direction if Biden chooses to do the same, as he often does.
When asked if the White House is considering a vaccination warrant for air travel, an administration official told Fox News about comments from White House coronavirus response director Jeff Zients of Friday when asked about the matter and pointed out that this was where the administration stood on the issue at the moment.
Zients did not take a ban on air travel for unvaccinated Americans “on the table.”
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“On travel, we are taking additional steps, as you know, to double the fines for non-compliance with masking on airlines,” Zients said. “So this is a TSA action that was announced yesterday.
“And overall, I think we have – you know, a very strong track record that shows that we are pulling the available levers to acquire vaccines and that we are not taking any action on the table,” he added. .
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.