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Fauci says public health has ‘hit a wall’ and now is the time when ‘mandates come in’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases says now is the time for COVID vaccine mandates. He appeared on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah Monday to call for more mandates. Monday was the first live recording for the show since the pandemic began. Yet, Fauci phoned in for the interview.

“This is a public health issue, and, as you said very appropriately a moment ago, the common enemy is the virus,” Fauic told host Trevor Noah. “There shouldn’t be the divisiveness that we’re seeing.”

As a result of the “divisiveness,” Fauci says the solution is mandating that everyone get vaccinated. “We’re trying to convince people but you’re reaching a certain point that you almost hit a wall that you’re not going to get to a certain group of people. That’s where mandates come in,” Fauci said. “No one likes to mandate people to do things they may not want to do, but sometimes for the greater good of society, you have to do that. You know, same thing like seat belts and things like that. You have to do it.”

Meanwhile, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that over 209 million Americans have received at least one does of the vaccine. Now 53,9% of them are fully vaccinated.

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

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