Biden reveals condition for imposing domestic travel vaccine mandate — Analysis
The president said he will only act on advice from health officials, who’ve, however, given mixed signals about whether new restrictions are on the table
US President Joe Biden said he would agree to impose new travel rules for the unvaccinated should his medical team advise it, after the White House’s top Covid official suggested the move would be “reasonable.”
Biden said that he will make a decision when reporters asked him about Tuesday’s restrictions “when I get a recommendation from the medical team,”According to Hill
Although the President had previously stated that he would wait to hear from scientists before approving any new rules for the country, he said last week to ABC News that he has received no guidance. “the recommendation I’ve gotten is [that they are] not necessary.”
On Monday, however, Biden’s top coronavirus adviser Anthony Fauci suggested otherwise, telling MSNBC that vaccine requirements for domestic travel would be “reasonable to consider,”However, it was noted that this decision is unlikely to take place soon.
“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.”
Asked about Fauci’s remarks during an appearance on National Public Radio on Tuesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director (CDC) Rochelle Walensky appeared to confirm the president’s earlier statement, saying that while the rules had “certainly… been a topic of conversation,”They are “not something we’re revisiting right now.”
Though the United States has imposed a number of foreign travel restrictions throughout the pandemic – the most recent of which included a ban on visitors from South Africa due to the Omicron variant, lifted by the White House earlier on Tuesday – no federal rules have been brought for domestic travelers to date.
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