The Biden administration faces an internal debate over whether to impose vaccine mandates for domestic air travel. The president’s top medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said he would support the decision, but the White House says no new policy is planned.
The context: The prospect of imposing a vaccination mandate for domestic air travel would face fierce opposition from Republicans and the travel industry. The Biden administration extended until January the decision to require the use of face masks on all transportation networks.
- Republican governors threatened to sue the Biden administration if vaccination mandates for domestic travel are imposed.
- Congressman Don Beyer (D) of Virginia introduced a law for all users of national planes and trains to show their vaccination vouchers or negative COVID-19 tests in order to travel.
What do they say? “We haven’t removed any of the options from the table, but I don’t have any updates to share with you at this time. Our focus is on the implementation of the great measures that we announced last week ”, emphasized Fauci during a press conference.
- “The idea is not ruled out,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki added on Thursday, when asked about Fauci’s remarks.
Main source of the news: The Hill