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Will airlines and cruise ships require vaccination? Dr. Fauci thinks so

Dr. Anthony Fauci suggests airlines and cruise ships may require vaccination proof

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Gordon Huether’s “The Canyon” artwork featured along the walls of the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Travelers move through Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Air travel is expected to increase this summer.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden on the novel coronavirus, recently said businesses like cruise ships and airlines will likely soon require proof of vaccination, according to Business Insider.

Dr. Fauci suggests vaccines will be required for flights and cruise ships

Fauci spoke at the Bloomberg Businessweek conference Thursday about businesses requiring proof of vaccinations, especially after some colleges started to require vaccinations in order to attend in-person classes.

  • “There are organizations, particularly universities and colleges who are saying, not withstanding what the federal government is requiring, if you want to come into campus and be in in-person learning, you’re going to have to show proof of vaccination,” he said, according to Business Insider.
  • “Cruise ships will likely be doing that. Airlines will likely be doing that. So you’re going to have at, a local, independent-level, things that the federal government is not going to be mandating,” he said, according to Business Insider.

The problem with airlines and COVID-19 guidelines

Fauci told Axios during a virtual event that there could be changes to airline COVID-19 guidelines in the near future. He said it’s hard for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make clear rules because there’s no proof of vaccinations required, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • “It’s complicated because the people who are vaccinated could easily be on airplanes without a mask because we know you’re protected, whether you’re indoor or outdoor,” Fauci said.
  • “The trouble is that we don’t have vaccine passports, so we don’t know who is vaccinated or not.”