If there is one thing that is certain about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic here in America, it is that the people of this nation are not thrilled about being told how to protect themselves.
This became all-too apparent last week after President Joe Biden announced a vaccine mandate for those working in the federal government, and also for private businesses that employ more than 100 people. The announcement was met with all manner of opposition, with some going so far as to insinuate that Biden’s order was tyrannical in nature.
A new statement by Dr. Anthony Fauci is likely to fuel even more concern over the government’s COVID response this week as well.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has expressed his support for COVID-19 vaccination requirements for air travel – as the Biden administration did not rule it out.
“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” the White House chief medical adviser said in an interview with theSkimm podcast, The Hill reported.
The administration certainly hasn’t taken the collective national angst seriously.
On Friday, White House coronavirus response team coordinator Jeff Zients said the administration is “not taking any measures off the table” when asked if it had “ruled out” ever implementing vaccine or testing requirements for domestic flights.Advertisement - story continues below
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said later in the day: “We are always looking at more we can do to protect and save lives. Obviously, he made a significant and bold announcement yesterday, so I don’t have anything to preview — predict or preview for you, but we’ll continue to look for ways to save more lives.”
The Surgeon General seems to disagree with Fauci, however, stating on Sunday that the unvaccinated should not be restricted from air travel, specifically citing the possible need to travel for an emergency.