Dr. Anthony Fauci made it certain Sunday that he thought vaccine requirements for domestic trips were still possible.
Fauci went on ABC’s “This Week” and spoke about the continued surge of covid cases of COVID-19 — especially the Omicron variant, and he said that “anything that might get Americans more vaccinated” should certainly be a consideration for Biden and his White House.
“Let me ask you about something from Biden’s interview with David,” the host began, mentioning Biden’s interview right before Christmas with David Muir of ABC. “David asked about the covid vaccine, the lack of a vaccine mandate for air travel. There is no vaccine mandate for domestic travel in this country, and when the president was asked, should there be one, he said that his team has said it is not needed at this point. Do you accept that? There should not be a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel?”
“Well, it depends on what you use it for,” Fauci, who is Biden’s chief medical adviser, said in reply. “I mean, vaccine mandates for people coming from other nations is to stop newly-infected people from getting into the nation.”
“A vaccine requirement for someone getting on the plane is yet another level of getting Americans to have a mechanism that would cause them to get vaccinated,” Fauci said. “Mainly you cannot get on a plane unless you are vaccinated, which is another one of the ways of getting requirements, whatever that could be. So I mean, anything that might get people more vaccinated would be good.”
“Anything that could get people more vaccinated would be welcome,” Dr. Anthony Fauci says when asked by @jonkarl about potential vaccine requirements for domestic air travel. https://t.co/CxSdhhlI9G pic.twitter.com/KHVeu6nmTH
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 26, 2021
Fauci then said he believed the overall barrier to spreading the virus — concerning domestic air travel — was masking in combination with filtration on planes. Adding the requirement for a covid vaccine, he said, would be a tactic designed to cause people to get vaccinated.
“That is what we meant when we said it depends on the goal of requiring people be vaccinated before they get on a domestic trip,” he said.
In other words, they are not discussing vaccine mandates for plane trips for safety reasons, they are discussing them for coercion reasons.
Author: Scott Dowdy
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