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Another Giant Setback in Biden's COVID War
Maybe Now It's Time to Use a Novel European Tactic Which Works
Perhaps now its time to consider a different approach related to airline passengers which has been recommended by many of his own advisors but with a European twist which would slash objections and help protect it from another legal attack, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf.
Banzhaf points out that although restrictions on unvaccinated people are much stricter and limiting in most European countries. there has generally been much less resistance because of a simple matter of definition.
Indeed, most of Europe now require people to be vaccinated in order to engage in many desirable daily activities; thereby being far more intrusive than requiring vaccinations just to fly.
Although these mandates are far stricter and more inclusive than anything which might be adopted in the U.S., they have proven to be workable, and are increasingly becoming accepted as necessary by a public weary of COVID.
The primary reason they work well, and are increasingly being accepted, is that the requirements treat those who have recovered from COVID just as if they had been vaccinated, notes the law professor.
In other words, to engage in many of life's daily activities, people must show EITHER that they have been vaccinated OR that they have recovered from COVID - i.e., the two conditions are treated identically.
While it's not completely clear and proven that the two offer completely equivalent protection, treating them the same substantially increases acceptance of vaccine requirements, and slashes public opposition to them.
Therefore, since it is undisputed that a vaccine requirement for flying, even with a major exception for COVID survivors, would be very effective in accomplishing at least two of Biden's major anti-COVID objectives -
(1) providing strong incentives for many so far refusing vaccinations to become protected AND
(2) substantially increasing the protection for all airlines passengers, perhaps even to the extent that masks might no longer be required, at least on some flights
Biden should require Americans wishing to fly to show proof (in whatever form or format seems acceptable) of:
A. Having received at least one shot of a recognized vaccine (which may provide only limited protection, but does permit the unvaccinated to fly even on short notice if absolutely necessary) OR
B. Having tested negative on a recent COVID test (according to whichever testing methodologies and time frame are recommended by experts) OR
C. Having recovered from COVID (under whatever time frame seems appropriate)