The United States will accept the use by international visitors of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by U.S. regulators such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 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 were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It then did not specify which faxes would be accepted.
A CDC spokesman told Reuters on Friday, “Six faxes approved / approved by the FDA or approved for emergency use by WHO will meet the criteria for travel to the US”
Later on Friday, the CDC said that “earlier this week, to help them prepare their systems, we will inform airlines” about the faxes that would be accepted and added “CDC will release additional guidance and information when the travel requirements are finalized . “
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 authorized vaccinations for travelers entering the US. We look forward to working with the administration to launch this new global fax and testing framework by early November 2021. “
Some countries have pressed the Biden Administration to accept vaccines by WHO, because authorized vaccines from the US Food and Drug Administration are not widely used in all countries.
The United States will allow fully vaccinated air travelers from the 26 so-called Schengen countries in Europe, including Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. The unusual U.S. restrictions have excluded most non-U.S. Citizens who have been in those countries in the past 14 days.
The new vaccine-versus-vaccine 19 requirements will now apply to almost all foreign nationals flying to the United States – including those who are not under the previous restrictions.
The CDC has yet to finalize and publish new contract tracking rules for international visitors, which sent it to the White House on September 15 for review.
The CDC should also detail rules for exceptions, including children who are not yet eligible for shooting, such as for visitors from countries where vaccines are not widely available. The administration should also decide whether visitors are part of COVID-19 clinical trials or have recently contracted with COVID-19 and are not yet eligible for vaccination.
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