Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would require people to be fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative, or have recovered from COVID-19 to fly domestically.
Driving the news: Some airlines — like United, Frontier and Hawaiian — have already begun requiring their workforce, but not passengers, to be vaccinated against the virus.
What they’re saying: “Ensuring that air travelers protect themselves and their destination communities from this disease is critical to prevent the next surge,” Feinstein wrote in a news release.
“This bill complements similar travel requirements already in place for all air passengers… who fly to the United States from foreign countries.”
“It only makes sense that we also ensure the millions of airline passengers that crisscross our country aren’t contributing to further transmission, especially as young children remain ineligible to be vaccinated.”
The proposal follows a bill introduced by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) earlier this month that would require people to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative test before traveling by air or Amtrak.
Worth noting: NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, who serves as Biden’s top medical adviser, has previously said he would support vaccination requirements for air travel.
Australia on Friday announced plans to lift its travel ban for fully vaccinated citizens starting next month.
Why it matters: The announcement comes 18 months after Australia imposed some of the world’s most severe border restrictions — trapping most Australians and permanent residents in the country, and preventing thousands of others outside the island nation from returning home.
All the old vices — from sex to gambling to drugs — are quickly becoming legal, as both society and the criminal justice system rethink their values.
The big picture: This amounts to an under-the-radar shift in how society treats what have long been thought of as victimless crimes — behaviors that might not harm anyone who isn’t participating, but that are considered to offend social morals.
President Biden, meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill on Friday, indicated they must further delay a final vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and scale back his $3.5 trillion social spending package to around $2 trillion range if either is to pass, lawmakers told Axios.
Why it matters: Biden made clear he wants to keep the two packages linked together and that he is optimistic there can be an agreement.
Author: Yacob Reyes
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