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The United States will accept the use by international visitors of 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 then specify which vaccines would be accepted.

A CDC spokeswoman 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.”

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Late on Friday, the CDC said that “earlier in the week, to help them prepare their systems, we informed carriers” of the vaccines that would be accepted, adding “the CDC will release further guidance and information when the travel requirements is done.”

Airlines for America, a trading group representing American Airlines Co., 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 see looking forward to working with the administration to implement this new global vaccine and test 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.

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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.

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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 is still due to finalize and publish new contract rules 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. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)


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