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Vaccine Mandate For Domestic Flights Not Being Considered, Says CDC Director After Fauci's Proposal

Authored by Isabel van Brugen via The Epoch Times,

COVID-19   vaccine mandate  for domestic flights {isn’t} {becoming} considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ), {On Tuesday cdc Director Rochelle Walensky confirmed.}

“Certainly, domestic flights {is a} topic of conversation but {that’s not} something we’re revisiting {at this time},” Walensky  told NPR  {when pressed on {the problem}.|when pressed on the presssing issue.}

Walensky also elaborated on the CDC’s decision to  cut its recommended isolation time  for infected Americans in half-from 10 days to five {if they’re} asymptomatic.

“{We have been} {sitting on} the shoulders now of {2 yrs} of science,”  Walenksy  told NPR  of {the brand new} rules, explaining that “{almost all} transmission occurs” around two days {before the} onset of symptoms and three days after.

“So {for the reason that} five day window {is actually} when that transmission {is going on}.”

Walensky acknowledged that although transmission {may appear} {following the} fifth day of isolation, the CDC {made a decision} {to lessen} its recommended isolation time for infected Americans {since it} anticipates a “really large” {number of instances} {because of the} Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.

“We also {desire to} {ensure that} we {keep carefully the} critical functions of society open and operating. We {began to} see challenges with that, with airline flights {along with other} areas,” the CDC director explained.

Her remarks come {each day} after infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that the Biden administration should “seriously” consider vaccine requirements for domestic {flights}.{

{Proof} vaccination {happens to be} only {necessary for} noncitizens entering {america},|

{Proof} vaccination is only {necessary for} noncitizens entering {america} currently,} {and a} negative COVID-19 test within {a day} of departure.

“If you’re {creating a} requirement for vaccination {for folks} {to obtain} on planes {that are} coming into {the united states}, that’s understandable,” White House  COVID-19  adviser Fauci told MSNBC on Dec. 27.{

“You don’t want to bring more cases into the national country.} But if you’re {discussing} requiring vaccination {to obtain} on a plane domestically, {that’s} just another {among the} requirements that {I believe} is reasonable {to take into account} ,” he added.

Fauci didn’t elaborate on why he believes a vaccine mandate for domestic flights {will be a} “reasonable” requirement.

“{Once you} make vaccination a requirement, that’s another incentive {to obtain additional} people vaccinated. {If you wish to} {do this} with domestic flights, {I believe} that’s {a thing that} seriously {is highly recommended},” Fauci added.{later

Shortly,} Fauci clarified {he} {will not} expect a mandate for domestic flights {will be} implemented by the Biden administration “in the reasonably {near future}.”

“It’s {up for grabs}, and we consider it, but that doesn’t mean it’s {likely to} happen,” he  told CNN .

He also {seemed to} walk back his remarks in {another} interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Monday.

“{I did so} not say I support mandates on domestic flights. I said {that’s} something {up for grabs} for consideration,” Fauci  said .

Meanwhile, { President Joe Biden on Monday declined {throughout a} press briefing to {touch upon} whether he favored {this type of} mandate.|on Monday declined {throughout a} press briefing to {touch upon} whether he favored {this type of} mandate President Joe Biden.} { has not&nbsp previously said he does;}consider it {essential to} have a vaccine mandate for domestic {flights}.{

Domestic flights {in america} have taken {popular} {because of} staffing issues amid rising COVID-19 cases,|

Domestic flights in {popular} {have already been} taken by {america} {because of} staffing issues amid rising COVID-19 cases,} with flight cancellations continuing to cause holiday travel chaos nationwide. {A lot more than} 1,{000 flights were canceled by airlines on Monday amid a surge in cases {due to} the Omicron coronavirus variant.|on Monday amid a surge in cases {due to} the Omicron coronavirus variant 000 flights were canceled by airlines.}

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