Fauci says he supports vaccine mandates for air travel. Will it actually fly?

In his interview with The Washington Post, Fauci said he is, in general, “favorably disposed” to vaccine mandates given the number of eligible Americans who remain unvaccinated, which he put at 75 million. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 179 million people — 54 percent of the population — is fully vaccinated.

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Travel to the US from Ireland safe, says Fauci

The Chief Medical Adviser to the President of the United States, Dr Anthony Fauci, has said he believes it will be safe for Irish people to visit the United States when travel resumes between the countries in November.

In an interview with RTÉ’s This Week programme, Dr Fauci said even though America currently has a very high infection rate, authorities are “starting to see the turning around of numbers of cases”.

“I think the combination of the fact that it will be in November, and there will be a requirement for vaccination and testing, that it will be safe for people in Ireland to travel to the United States.

“I believe our Irish friends and colleagues who come from Ireland to the United States with vaccination and testing can have a safe visit,” he said.

Asked whether young unvaccinated children should travel, he said: “Everything has to be put into the context of what your ability is to take a finite risk.

“Everything is relative. Planes, given the filtering on board, are relatively safe. If you have children that come over from Ireland, we recommend that they wear masks in congregated settings.”


Dr Fauci also encouraged the Irish Government to reward health workers, who he said performed heroically during the pandemic.

“I’m of the firm belief that frontline health workers are truly the heroes and heroines of this outbreak in Ireland, in the United States and throughout the world. Whatever an individual country can do to recognise that heroism would be thoroughly appropriate.”

The 80-year-old physician and scientist who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States, as well as Chief Medical Adviser to US President Joe Biden, also spoke about the soaring death rates in the US.

Last week it was announced that the number of Covid-related deaths in the US surpassed the 675,000 people who died during the 1918 flu pandemic.

Dr Fauci said the power to lower the infection rate lies with the American authorities and people. He said there are currently 70 million people eligible for vaccination who are not yet vaccinated.

“We are trying our best to get trusted messengers to convince people to get vaccinated.

“We could dramatically diminish the rate of infection if we got the majority of the population to accept vaccines,” said Dr Fauci.

He said misinformation being spread on social media was a serious problem, and ‘anti-vaxxers’ were disrupting a cohesive effort to get people vaccinated.

“That is being propagated by disinformation being spread through social media. We have a real problem with the spread of misinformation and disinformation.

“It is quite disruptive to a public health effort that you want to be successful,” he added.

On the subject of vaccinating young children aged between 5-11, Dr Fauci said he has confidence in the claims made by Pfizer that its mRNA vaccine is safe for younger children.

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He said his experience in dealing with Pfizer has shown that their claims are based on reliable scientific data.

“I have every reason to believe that the statements they make will be backed up by solid data.”

He said he hopes that by the end of October US regulatory authorities will be in a position to recommend the use of the Pfizer vaccine for younger children.

Asked whether everyone who currently has a Covid-19 vaccine will need a booster shot in the future, Dr Fauci said this was possible, but would depend on the data.

“The data is evolving in real time. Israel is seeing a diminution and waning of the standard dose of mRNA and they are seeing an uptick of cases in younger people.

“If we see that in the United States, it is entirely conceivable that boosters will be required for a broader group of people, including younger people, and may include the entire population,” he said.

Pressed on whether it was ethically responsible for wealthy countries to give their populations booster shots when poorer countries are struggling to vaccinate their populations Dr Fauci said it was possible to do both.

“I believe we have an obligation to ensure that the rest of the world, particularly low- and middle-income countries are vaccinated, and that the wealthy parts of the world should play a major role in that.”

“We have committed to 1.1 billion doses to the rest of the world,” added Dr Fauci.

He said as long as that commitment is kept, then it is ethical for the United States to provide boosters to its own people.

An interview with Dr Anthony Fauci can be heard on This Week on RTÉ Radio 1, at 1pm.

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Fauci says a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for air travel hasn’t been ‘taken off the table’

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  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday US officials could issue a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for commercial flights.

  • “The team has a lot of things on the table. Nothing has been taken off the table,” he said on “Meet the Press.”

  • The Biden administration earlier this month announced increased fines for passengers who refuse to wear face masks on flights.

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US officials have not ruled out a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for air travelers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday.

Fauci made the comments during an appearance Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” after moderator Chuck Todd asked him about his support for mandates for travel.

“The team has a lot of things on the table. Nothing has been taken off the table,” Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden said. “That decision has not been made.”

“We have not yet gotten to the point of requiring vaccinations on domestic flights, but everything is on the table,” he added Sunday. “We consider these things literally on a daily basis. So suffice it to say, it’s still on the table right now.”

Fauci’s comments Sunday echo remarks he made last week. In a podcast interview with The Skimm, Fauci said he supported such proposals.

“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people then you should be vaccinated,” he said.

While vaccines have not so far been required to fly in the US, airlines have required the wearing of facial coverings on commercial flights since the coronavirus pandemic began last year. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order in February requiring the wearing of face masks on all public transportation, including on commercial flights.

The Biden administration earlier in September announced it planned to double the fine for passengers who refused to wear face coverings while flying. The change came as part of the White House COVID-19 action plan, as Insider previously reported.

Passengers who refuse to comply with the mask-wearing policies previously faced fines starting at $250 and up to $1,500. The guidelines released earlier this month raised the minimum fine to $500 and the maximum fine to $3000.

“You know, the president made the decision when it comes to flying, if, if a person does not want to wear a mask or doesn’t wear a mask, they double the fining on that,” Fauci said Sunday.

Fauci’s comments Sunday come as more travelers return to the skies even as new cases tick up fueled by the highly-transmissible Delta variant, bringing air travel closer to pre-pandemic levels. The Transportation Security Administration screened nearly 1.5 million passengers on Saturday – more than double the passengers it screened on the same day last year, according to TSA data.

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Dr. Fauci ‘would support’ COVID-19 vaccine air travel requirement

The U.S. Travel Association pushed back on Fauci’s comments, saying it supports getting vaccinated but believes there shouldn’t be a mandate for domestic travel.

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says he “would support” mandating that people be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to go on a flight. 

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), made the comments in an interview posted to Instagram on Monday by The Skimm. 

“If you want to get on a plane and travel with other people … you should be vaccinated,” Fauci said in response to a question on whether he’d support vaccine mandates for air travel. 

In response to Fauci’s comments, the U.S. Travel Association said while the organization supports people getting vaccinated, they have “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 organization said in a statement.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert told The Washington Post on Monday that he’s supportive of a mandate, but isn’t proposing one. 

During the interview, Fauci also touched on a misunderstanding regarding vaccines and mandating them for children to go to school saying, “we already do that, and have been doing that for decades and decades.” He went on to say, “it is not something new to mandate vaccines for school children.”

Late last month, Fauci expressed his support for mandating vaccines for students returning to school. Fauci told CNN, “I believe that mandating vaccines for children to appear in school is a good idea.” He said, “we’ve done this for decades and decades, requiring polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis” vaccinations. 

Fauci said that while children under the age of 12 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine yet, he told ABC News that there should be enough data by early October for the FDA to consider whether or not the shot is safe for that age group. The comments point to an early indication of when people 12 and under could start to see approvals coming down for the go ahead for shots in that age group. 

Earlier this month, Fauci gave some indication on if Americans could expect to see booster shot approvals coming down, signaling that the meaning of being fully vaccinated could change to requiring an additional jab. 

During a White House COVID-19 response team briefing, he pointed to a study out of Israel showing what he described as a “rather substantial positive impact’’ in people 12 or more days after being administered a booster shot of Pfizer’s vaccine to protect against the Delta variant. 

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Budapest, Hungary in late August that he was “really disappointed” at how vaccine donations worldwide had been panning out. He called for a two-month moratorium on administering booster shots for COVID-19 until global vaccine inequality could be sorted out, the Associate Press reported.

As the New York Times revealed Monday, at least two Food and Administration scientists are said to have pointed to “significant disagreement” between scientists at the agency and to officials in the Biden administration on the need for booster shots. A review published Monday, according to the Times, said that there was no data on coronavirus vaccines so far that gave credible evidence supporting the need for booster shots for the general public. =

The reporting in the New York Times also outlined the Biden administration’s plans for a broad booster campaign for the fall, despite reported push back from at least some FDA scientists. 

To add to that, the gap between the world’s health leaders and the American public also appears to remain wide when it comes to support for vaccine mandates. As Forbes reported, a recent CNN/SSRS poll found that from early August until early September, among 2,119 adults polled in the U.S., 51% of those who responded “generally support vaccine mandates in public places.”

A slightly higher, but still slim majority, coming in at 54% of adults who responded to the poll, said they support vaccine mandates for workplaces, as was reported by Forbes

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that counties and cities in his state could potentially face millions of dollars in fines if they require their employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, the Washington Post reported

DeSantis has been at odds with leaders across Florida on mask mandates in schools and he has opposed the Biden administrations’ sweeping order requiring employers with over 100 employees to require their workers to be vaccinated, or tested regularly, for the virus.

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Fauci says he ‘would support’ mandating COVID-19 vaccine for air travel

So far, some major U.S. airlines have only mandated employee vaccinations.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he would support mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for air travel.

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

He did not specify in the podcast interview whether the vaccine mandate he supports would just be for travelers over the age of 12 or all travelers.

The U.S. Travel Association responded that while they support people getting vaccinated, they have “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 statement continued.

They believe the mask mandate, which has been extended through January 2022, is enough to keep passengers safe — pointing to a study conducted by the Department of Defense in partnership with United Airlines.

The study found that the risk of COVID-19 exposure onboard an aircraft is “virtually non-existent” and when masks are worn there is only a 0.003% chance particles from a passenger can enter the breathing space of a passenger sitting beside them.

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

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients was also asked about the possibility of vaccine mandates for domestic flights Monday.

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

Last week, the Biden administration proposed employers with more than 100 workers mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or offer weekly testing.

Some major U.S. airlines, like United, have already announced they will require all employees to be fully vaccinated and grant little room for exceptions.

But U.S. airline CEOs have been skeptical about the feasibility of mandating vaccines for passengers.

United CEO Scott Kirby has called the suggestion “logistically impractical.”

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

Delta CEO Ed Bastian told CBS it would be a “logistical dilemma” to try and implement the requirement in the U.S. and threaten to “bottleneck the domestic travel system.”

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Fauci says he would support vaccine requirements for air travel

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFDA ‘eager’ for vaccine for kids, but no firm timeline As COVID-19 evolves, our behavior must evolve with it Merriam-Webster’s partisanship is showing – again – with its latest definition MORE said in a new interview that he would support vaccine requirements for air travel.

“I would support that, if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” Fauci said during an interview with theSkimm’s “Skimm This” podcast, which was taped Friday and is set to be released Thursday.

Fauci’s backing of a travel vaccine mandate comes after Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced a bill on Thursday that calls for all airline and train passengers in the U.S. to show proof of vaccination or a present negative COVID-19 test in order to travel.

The legislation, dubbed the Safe Travel Act, advocates for all travelers on Amtrak and commercial airlines to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of traveling.

The bill also seeks to require that employees, contractors and subcontractors of Amtrak and commercial airlines either show proof of a completed vaccination series or present a negative COVID-19 test at least once per week.

A federal mask mandate is already in place for all airline, bus and train travelers and will remain effective until at least Jan. 18, 2022.

The federal government, however, has not implemented a mandate requiring testing or vaccinations for travel.

Fauci also doubled down on his support for student vaccine mandates, contending that such an inoculation policy is in place for other diseases.

“When you hear us say should you mandate vaccination for children to be able to attend school, some people say, ‘Oh, my goodness. That would be terrible to do that.’ But we already do that and have been doing that for decades and decades,” said President BidenJoe BidenFBI releases first Sept. 11 document following Biden executive order Afghan pilots to be transferred to US base after fleeing to Uzbekistan: WSJ NATO head says alliance signed off on US withdrawal from Afghanistan MORE’s chief medical adviser.

“I don’t know what school you went to, but the school that I went to, you had to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, or otherwise you couldn’t go to school,” he continued.

He said vaccination mandates for schoolchildren are “not something new,” adding that vaccines are “the solution that we have at our hands.”

During an interview last month on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci said requiring vaccines for children to attend school “is a good idea,” noting that such a policy has been in place in the U.S. for “decades and decades.”

Fauci’s latest comments come as the U.S. is becoming increasingly concerned about the highly infectious delta variant, which is more contagious than previous versions of the virus and is now the dominant strain in the U.S.

Vaccines, however, have proved to be an effective tool in preventing severe illness for all COVID-19 variants. And a large majority of recent COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths have been among unvaccinated individuals.

Updated at 9:18 p.m.

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Dr. Fauci Warns “Don’t” Do This Before or After COVID Vaccine

“Impending doom” are the words the CDC director used this week, as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meant that cases are plateauing, and rising in some states, so now is not the time to be complacent. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked today on CBS This Morning what he thought of those words. Read on to hear his own warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

“Please Be Careful,” Warns Dr. Fauci. “Don’t Declare Victory Prematurely.”

“Baseball’s opening day, which happens to be today. Spring break is also going on at the moment. A lot of people are going to be gathering Sunday for Easter. You put that all together, Dr. Fauci—I’m curious, we heard the CDC director talk of impending doom as people loosen up and gather, do you share her concerns?” asked the CBS hosts.

“Well, you know, I don’t know if I would use the word ‘impending doom,’” said Dr. Fauci. “If you talk to Dr. Walensky, which we do every single day, the point she’s making is a very valid point. We’re seeing the cases that have plateaued over the last couple of weeks, and now they’re starting to inch up. So the point that she was making was very valid. Please be careful. Don’t declare victory prematurely. Let’s continue to abide by the public health measures that we all talk about because we have so much in our favor—what we have is we have 3 million people that are getting vaccinated every single day. We have over 50 million people who have been completely and fully vaccinated, others that have at least one dose of vaccine. So every day that goes by, we get more and more protected. So what I say, and what Dr. Wallensky is saying is, just hold on for a bit longer, because every day is more and more in our favor and don’t pull back prematurely. We are going to be able to pull back. We didn’t want people to believe that we’re going to be in this situation forever. We’re not, but don’t pull back prematurely.”

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So follow Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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Coronavirus live updates: Fauci warns that we’re in ’a race between the vaccine and the virus’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the first senator to contract covid-19 at the start of the pandemic, challenged Fauci on why people who had the virus or the vaccine still have to wear masks, accusing the doctor of “theater.”

“Here we go again with the theater. Let’s get down to the facts,” Fauci said firmly during a hearing on the pandemic before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Thursday.

As Fauci continued, Paul interjected: “And what can you point to that shows reinfection? There are no studies that show this.”

“Let me finish the response to your question, if you please,” Fauci said. “When you talk about reinfection, and you don’t keep in the concept of variance, that’s an entirely different ballgame. That’s a good reason for a mask.”

The two went back and forth, with Paul insisting that there is no evidence of reinfection for people who had already been infected or vaccinated, and Fauci explaining that Paul was not “hearing what I’m saying about variants.”

“So you want people to wear masks for another couple of years? Now you’ve been vaccinated, and you parade around in two masks for show,” Paul said. “You want to get rid of vaccine hesitancy to wear masks? Tell them they can quit wearing the mask after the vaccine … give them a reward instead of telling them the nanny state is going to be there for three more years, and you’ve got to wear a mask forever.”

“Let me just state for the record that masks are not theater. Masks are protective,” Fauci said.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who was next up to speak, began by praising Fauci.

“Dr. Fauci, thank you for setting an example,” Murphy said. “Over the course of the last year for Americans, you have made it clear that masks save lives. And the example that you have set that has not been followed by other leaders in this country has made a difference, has kept tens if not hundreds of thousands of Americans from contracting this disease.”

Later, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) weighed in on the spat between Paul and Fauci.

“I have had covid, and I’ve been vaccinated, and I wear masks to make other people feel safer, even if there weren’t variants,” he said.

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