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Fauci calls for unvaccinated Americans to be banned from air travel

Dr Anthony Fauci supported the idea of ​​banning unvaccinated people from air travel to the United States.

“I would argue that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, you should be vaccinated,” said Dr. Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Skim this podcast, according to The hill. The podcast was taped last week and is slated for release Thursday.

Support from Dr Fauci, who previously led the Covid-19 task force, comes days after Democratic Representative Don Beyer introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to provide proof of vaccination or a Covid-19 test negative made within 72 hours of travel an obligation to board an airline or train.

Mr. Beyer, the representative from Virginia, presented the Safe Travel Act to the House on Thursday.

“Requiring travelers and airport and Amtrak employees to provide proof of the Covid vaccine or a negative test makes good sense,” Beyer said on his bill. “These are easy steps we can take to make travel safer, as companies like United have already demonstrated with responsible policy changes.”

Earlier in August, another Democrat, New York Rep. Ritchie Torres, also pushed for a bill requiring Americans to be vaccinated or tested before traveling. In his letter to the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, Torres said such a requirement made “common sense.”

On Friday, the White House refused to rule out the introduction of such a policy. “I think we have a very good track record which shows that we are pulling the levers available to acquire vaccines and that we are not taking any action on the table,” White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff said. Zients.

So far, 54% of Americans have been fully immunized, while 63% have received at least one dose, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 35%, or nearly 80 million, of Americans are unvaccinated.

President Joe Biden said last week that the reluctance to vaccinate, which remains a major obstacle for the United States, has cost the country dearly. “We have been patient, but our patience is running out,” Biden said. “And your refusal has cost us all. So please do the right thing.

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