In a move that many will no doubt find unsurprising, chief White House COVID advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling for additional vaccine requirements.
According to the Washington Examiner, Fauci made the announcement during a Sunday morning interview with ABC News’ “This Week.”
Fauci sees air travel as a way to increase vaccination rates
Specifically, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head spoke positively towards the idea that showing proof of vaccination should be a requirement for anyone wishing to board an airplane.
“A vaccine requirement for a person getting on the plane is just another level of getting people to have a mechanism that would spur them to get vaccinated,” Fauci was quoted as saying.
The physician contended that telling travelers, “You can’t get on a plane unless you’re vaccinated,” would be “just another one of” the ways Americans could be incentivized to accept vaccination.
“We’ve got to do better,” he continued. “I think things will improve greatly as we get into January, but that doesn’t help us today and tomorrow.”
Fauci was also quoted as downplaying suggestions that the omicron coronavirus variant is less posses less of a risk than previous strains have.
“Even though we’re pleased by the evidence from multiple countries, it looks like there is a lesser degree of severity, we’ve got to be careful that we don’t get complacent about that,” he said. “It might lead to a lot of hospitalizations in the United States.”
CNN medical analysts bothered that the Biden administration did not crack down harder
Further, Fox News reported that during his Sunday television appearance, Fauci also shot down any talk of people removing their masks.
“We want to make sure people keep their masks on. I think the idea of taking masks off, in my mind, is really not something we should even be considering,” the public health official declared.
Although the Biden administration still has yet to make vaccination a prerequisite for air travelers, Fauci is not along in demanding that it doe so.
Fox News noted earlier this month that CNN medical analysts Dr. Jonathan Reiner and Dr. Leana Wen both expressed frustration over the Biden administration failing to implement such a rule before Christmas.