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NIAID director Anthony Fauci said in an interview with the Skimm out Monday that he would support mandating the coronavirus vaccine for people traveling by air.

What they're saying: “I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, that you should be vaccinated,” Fauci says in a video the site tweeted, along with the caption: “Would you support vaccine mandates for airline travel?”

  • An administration official later clarified to Axios that Fauci, who is the president's chief medical adviser, meant that he would support a mandate.

"The solution we have at our hands is vaccines," Fauci says in the video.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Why it matters: Fauci's comments come on the heels of President Biden's announcement of a six-pronged plan to curb the spread of the virus, including aggressive mandates on vaccinations and testing.

  • Some airlines — like United, Frontier and Hawaiian — have already begun requiring their workforce, but not passengers, to inoculate themselves against the virus.

Worth noting: White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said the administration is "not taking any measures off the table" at a briefing last week when asked if the administration is considering a mandate for air travel.

  • “Overall, I think we have a very strong track record that shows that we’re pulling available levers to require vaccination."

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White House invites call with Nicki Minaj to discuss COVID vaccine

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Nicki Minaj questioned the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine this week on Twitter, prompting an offer from the White House for a call with a doctor to discuss the safety of the vaccine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Thursday.

Driving the news: Minaj on Monday wrote on Twitter that she would not attend the Met Gala because she had not received the COVID vaccine, which was a requirement to attend the event.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.

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France recalls ambassadors from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), and French ambassador to the U.S. Philippe Etienne. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

France has taken the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after both countries blindsided their French allies with a new military pact and submarine contract, the French Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

The backstory: While sealing an agreement with the U.S. and U.K. to acquire nuclear submarines, Australia ripped up an existing $90 billion submarine deal with France. That led senior French officials to accuse the U.S. of a "stab in the back."