Fauci supports a vaccine mandate for travel, but the industry is not on board

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A vaccine mandate for US air travel is an idea that Dr. Anthony Fauci supports, but the travel industry is not on board.
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"I would support that -- if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a top medical adviser to the Biden administration, recently told The Skimm podcast.

Fauci told MSNBC on Tuesday that testing requirements and vaccine mandates for travel are under consideration but not yet decided.

White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Friday that the White House is "not taking any measures off the table."

But a top industry official told CNN that a vaccine mandate for airline passengers is not under serious consideration in conversations between the federal government and airlines.

The airline industry official, who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity, said there would be "tremendous challenges" in executing such a mandate, underscoring that it would also need to apply across all forms of transportation including trains and buses.

The Biden administration has previously said that it will not create a centralized federal vaccinations database and doesn't support…
By Marnie Hunter, Pete Muntean and Gregory Wallace, CNN
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