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Fauci Wants Vaccination Rule For Domestic Flyers
Joins Other Experts - "Incentive to Get More People Vaccinated"
He said that "When you make vaccination a requirement, that's another incentive to get more people vaccinated. . . . If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that's something that seriously should be considered."
Since Biden will be discussing his Covid plans with the National Governors Association today, it's likely he will face questions about this new development from the media, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf.
Banzhaf, who previously recommended two subsequently adopted Covid requirements, suggests that the only serious argument against such a new rule - that it might cause problems and delays - has been debunked by experts.
The law professor, based upon his experience and expertise, has suggested two modifications which, if necessary, might be used to make such a rules even more acceptable to the public, although he notes that a recent survey showed support of about 95% for requiring both domestic and international airline passengers to be vaccinated. Here's what he recommended to a number of Biden's Covid advisors.
While requiring full vaccination status would be best, opposition and legal challenges to a proposed rule requiring airline passengers to be vaccinated could be slashed by doing either one or both of the following:
A. Require only one shot to board a flight, at least for now, so that any prospective airline passenger can easily and very quickly become compliant, and not have to alter travel plans or be unable to fly in an emergency
B. Treat people who have recovered from COVID as if they had been vaccinated, as dozens of countries already do, even in implementing their own much stricter vaccination requirements
Banzhaf also pointed out that, as Forbesrecently reported: "The omicron variant of the coronavirus raises the risk of infection on board a passenger plane by two or even three-fold, according to the airline industry's biggest trade body, a finding that may foreshadow an exponential increase in cases as millions of travelers take to the skies to be with their families during the holiday season."
Now - with Covid cases exploding exponentially, and virtually all of Biden's other initiatives to actually fight the spread of Covid tied up indefinitely in the courts or delayed - is the time for the President to finally use a power he clearly has to require Covid vaccinations for airline passengers, he argues.