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Anthony Fauci. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The federal government will not mandate the use of vaccine passports for travelers or businesses post-pandemic, President Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told the Politico Dispatch podcast Monday

Why it matters: Passports showing proof of vaccination could speed up international travel re-openings, but the idea of requiring immunization credentials has become a point of contention, particularly among Republican officials.

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) banned the use of vaccine passports in his state on Friday.

What they're saying: "I doubt that the federal government will be the main mover of a vaccine passport concept," said Fauci.

  • "They may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably, but I doubt if the federal government is going to be the leading element of that."

Fauci noted that he believes that businesses or schools could require vaccine passports to enter their buildings.

  • "I'm not saying that they should or that they would, but I'm saying you could foresee how an independent entity might say, 'well, we can't be dealing with you unless we know you're vaccinated,' but it's not going to be mandated from the federal government."

The big picture: The E.U. unveiled its proposal for vaccine passports in March, which would allow citizens who can certify that they have been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19 to cross borders without quarantine requirements.

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One of the most important messages vaccine-reluctant Americans could hear is that their doctors trust the COVID vaccine, so they should too.

The big picture: Vaccine takeup among doctors and skilled nurses is high — and they’re among the messengers Americans trust most.

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Vaccines may limit the damage from coronavirus variants

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Many public health experts are optimistic that the fourth wave of the coronavirus that the U.S. has entered won't be as bad as the other three — but emphasize that it will still be important to take precautions.

Why it matters: A more transmissible, deadlier variant of the virus the one that originated in the U.K. — is becoming increasingly prevalent across the country, but the U.S.'s extraordinary vaccination effort may blunt the worst effects of this most recent wave of cases.

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Pandemic fuels staggering teacher shortages across the U.S.

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The pandemic has pushed teachers out of the workforce in droves, and many schools don't have a strong safety net to fill the gaps as children come back into classrooms.

Why it matters: Teaching has been one of the toughest pandemic-era jobs, with pivots to remote learning and then risk of infection with school reopenings.