Headline RoundupDecember 27th, 2021

Fauci Says US Should ‘Seriously’ Consider Vaccine Mandate for Domestic Flights

Summary from the AllSides News Team

In a Monday interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci said the U.S. should “seriously” consider requiring COVID-19 vaccination for domestic air travel.

“When you make vaccinations a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” Fauci said. “If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.” The interview came as thousands of U.S. flights were disrupted by winter storms in several states and Omicron variant infections among flight crews. Public health officials around the world have been weighing how to respond to the new strain; on Monday, the CDC shortened the isolation recommendations for those who test positive from 10 days to five. Fauci appeared to backtrack in a Monday night interview, saying he doesn't think the U.S. will "see something like that in the reasonably foreseeable future."

Coverage was widespread on Monday, with certain center and left-rated outlets featuring the story more prominently on homepages. Updated 12/28/21 at 2:31 p.m. ET to include Fauci's comments from Monday night.

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