NIH Official: West Africa Travel Ban Could Be ‘Counterproductive’

|
October 19, 2014 12:37 p.m.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Sunday said that the calls for travel bans from West Africa don’t make much sense.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have now called for the U.S. to ban individuals traveling from the countries impacted by the Ebola outbreak from coming into the U.S. if they are not American citizens.

But Fauci said that such a ban could just be “counterproductive.”

“[W]hen people come in from a country it’s much easier to track them if you know where they’re coming from,” he said about a travel ban on ABC’s “This Week.” “But what you do if you then completely ban travel there’s the feasibility of going to other countries where we don’t have a travel ban and have people come in.”

Fauci said that while he opposes a travel ban, he recognizes that there’s a valid argument in support of it.

“I think one needs to understand that people who say that, we respect that opinion and we understand that there’s some rationale for that,” he said.

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Audience Development Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: