As America’s airlines cope with a COVID surge during the thick of the winter holidays, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday the U.S. should consider a vaccination mandate for domestic air travel, signaling a potential embrace of an idea the Biden administration has previously eschewed.
Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said such a mandate might drive up the nation’s lagging vaccination rate as well as confer stronger protection on flights, for which federal regulations require all those aged 2 and older to wear a mask.
“When you make vaccination a requirement, that’s another incentive to get more people vaccinated,” Fauci told MSNBC. “If you want to do that with domestic flights, I think that’s something that seriously should be considered.”
The suggestion from President Biden’s chief science adviser on the pandemic response reignited a debate among airline…