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The Biden administration is developing plans that will require that all foreign nationals visiting the United States be “completely vaccinated” against Covid-19, according to a White House official.
The officer warned that given the spread of the Delta variant, which has led to a jump in cases and hospitalizations in many U.S. states, particularly among unvaccinated Americans, the government “maintains existing travel restrictions at this point.”
Which vaccines would be recognized for foreign travelers was not specified. The universities of Oxford and AstraZeneca have not even applied for authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its vaccine.
The comments, first reported by Reuters, came as the US clashed arises in Covid cases and growing concerns about the rapid spread of the contagious Delta variant.
I SU prohibits entry to most visitors to the Schengen travel area of Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India.
But the official added that Joe Biden’s administration was “united in wanting to reopen international travel in a safe and sustainable way,” and that working groups with representatives of several government agencies were developing a plan for “a consistent and safe international travel policy ”.
The White House earlier this year meeting working groups to re-evaluate international travel rules that include representatives from the state department of transportation, health and human services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Biden administration said this week that 70 percent of American adults had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a stage the White House had hoped to reach last month but has been delayed by many. Reluctance of Americans to receive and jab.
“If you’re not vaccinated, you’re much more likely to, one, get Covid-19; two, be hospitalized; and three, die if you get it,” Biden said in remarks to the White House Tuesday. “This is a tragedy. People are dying and dying they are not going to die. ”
The travel industry and business groups have been around for months push for relaxing restraints on foreign travelers. The current regulations do not apply to citizens of the United States, who are free to return and return to the country.
The restrictions were puts in place last year by the Donald Trump administration during the onset of the pandemic. But they remained in place even when vaccines were fired from both sides of the Atlantic, and several European countries have opened their borders to vaccinated Americans. The UK this week it removed his need for double-headed visitors from the United States in quarantine on arrival in Britain.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, pressed Biden to raise the measures at a meeting at the White House last month. This week, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, called for the lifting of the ban, telling a German magazine: “The epidemiological situation in the United States and the EU today is very similar. We need to solve the problem as soon as possible and we are in contact with our American friends. This should not drag on for weeks. “
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