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U.S. should require COVID-19 vaccine or negative test for domestic air travelers, lawmakers say -Breaking


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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Three dozen Democratic senators on Friday urged Joe Biden to insist that all domestic air passengers be vaccinated for COVID-19.

“This is a necessary and long overdue step toward ensuring all Americans feel safe and confident while traveling and reduce the chances of yet another devastating winter surge,” said the letter from members of Congress led by Representatives Don Beyer and Ritchie Torres and Senator Dianne Feinstein.

On Monday, the United States imposed new requirements for nearly all foreign nationals flying to the United States to show proof of vaccination as well as proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Travel restrictions that had been in place for most Americans who were recently visiting China, Brazil and Iran, as well as many other European countries, were also removed by the Biden administration.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House spokesperson told reporters Monday that no requirements were being placed on domestic flights by the Administration. We just don’t have any announcement to preview right now on this.”

Senior Democrats, including representatives Jerrold Ndler, Adam Schiff and David Cicilline signed the letter. They also praised the adoption by this administration of international vaccine requirements.

According to the letter, “Applying the same strategies for domestic air travel would ensure Americans could travel safely to visit their loved ones during holidays while also limiting household introductions to COVID-19 from visiting relatives and friends.”

The Biden administration announced last week that it will not enforce any deadlines for federal contractors, including the major U.S. carriers to make sure their employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19 up until January 4.

American Airlines (NASDAQ) and Southwest Airlines, (NYSE:), both stated that they will push back deadlines for employees until then.

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