The discussion surrounding the topic of vaccine mandates for domestic travelers has returned to the forefront of discussions surrounding the best way to put an end to Covid-19. The highly controversial measure is once again being discussed by President Biden and his close circle of advisors and this time the talks seem to be ramping up.
The Hill reports:
President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said on Wednesday that the administration is discussing a mandate, but pointed to the safety of the mask requirement in place for all U.S. transportation networks.
“When you’re dealing with domestic flights, you want to keep people safe on domestic flights. And as I said, right now, we feel that the masking requirement and the degree of filtration on a plane is sufficient to keep people safe,” Fauci told reporters during a White House COVID-19 response team briefing. “If there’s a need to do more beyond this masking, mainly having a vaccine issue, we will seriously consider that as new information arises.”
Fauci said that every intervention that can keep Americans safe is on the table and being discussed.
“So, it’s just keeping an open mind that the situation may change. But at this particular time, we do not feel that is necessary to make that a requirement for domestic flights,” he said.
Biden said he would impose a mandate if his medical team recommended one on Tuesday, however, a number of airplanes have hardly pushed against a domestic travel mandate.