(Bloomberg) — President Joe Biden’s medical adviser said a domestic travel vaccination rule should be considered as the omicron variant fuels record Covid-19 case loads in some states and holiday travel continues to be disrupted around the U.S.
Anthony Fauci said on MSNBC on Monday that it would be “reasonable to consider” a requirement to be vaccinated for coronavirus before getting on a domestic flight. Later, in an interview on CNN, he said people should consider avoiding larger New Year’s Eve parties.
“When you make vaccination a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” Fauci said. “If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.”
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- Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday seemed to admit the federal government has failed to authorize and distribute a sufficient number of at-home COVID tests
- The head of the NIAID said in an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl that COVID cases are soaring, leading to an increased demand for COVID tests that the government does not have enough of
- He said the Biden administration has increased the production of at-home tests but it’s still not enough as Omicron cases spike 41 percent overnight and lines form outside of testing sites
- On Tuesday, President Joe Biden promised to deliver 500 million COVID tests to Americans – but had not yet signed a contract to buy them, leading to some criticism
- The Omicron variant, through, with ‘extraordinarily contagious’ appears less likely to cause severe illness than previous COVID strains – though Fauci warned against becoming complacent