Tue. May 17th, 2022

The United States will accept international visitors inoculated with COVID-19 vaccines approved by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday.

On September 20, the White House announced that in November, the United States would lift travel restrictions for air travelers from 33 countries, including China, India, Brazil, and most of Europe that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It did not indicate at the time which vaccines would be accepted.

The new announcement is the key for Canadians who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot, which was approved by the WHO. The FDA has only approved or listed three others in emergencies: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) shots.

A CDC spokesman told Reuters on Friday, “Six vaccines approved / approved by the FDA or listed for emergency by the WHO will meet the criteria for travel to the United States.”

The CDC said it had told airlines about the change earlier in the week, “to help them prepare their systems.”

A masked traveler is seen at Denver International Airport on August 24. (David Zalubowski / The Associated Press)

“The CDC will release additional guidance and information as the travel requirements are completed.”

Airlines for America, a trade group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others, said it was “pleased with the CDC’s decision to approve a list of approved vaccinations for travelers coming to the United States. We look forward to to work with the administration to implement this new global vaccine and testing framework in early November 2021. “

Some countries had pressured the Biden Administration to accept WHO-approved vaccines, as the approved vaccines from the US Food and Drug Administration are not widespread in all countries.

The United States will admit fully vaccinated air travelers from the 26 so-called Schengen countries in Europe as well as the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

The unprecedented US restrictions have barred most non-US citizens who were in these countries within the last 14 days.

SE | US lifts travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreigners:

The United States will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreigners in November

Visitors from abroad must submit a negative COVID-19 test three days before travel and prove that they are fully vaccinated before boarding a flight to the United States. It is still unclear which vaccines are accepted under this policy. 2:53

The new COVID-19 vaccine requirements will now apply to almost all foreign nationals flying to the United States, including those not covered by the previous restrictions.

The CDC must still complete and publish new rules for contact tracking for international visitors, which it sent to the White House for review on 15 September.

The CDC must also specify rules for exemptions, which include children who are not yet eligible for shots, as well as for visitors from countries where vaccines are not widely available.

The administration must also decide whether visitors should admit part of clinical trials with COVID-19 or have recently received COVID-19 and are not yet eligible for vaccination.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.