CDC director Walensky not considering vaccine mandate for domestic flights now

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not currently considering recommending a vaccine mandate for domestic flights, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday.

“Certainly domestic flights has been a topic of conversation but that is not something we’re revisiting right now,” Walensky said on National Public Radio.

Walensky was responding to a question about remarks the previous day by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, that a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel should be considered.

(Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Chris Reese)

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