The government of United States It plans to take its first steps to require that almost all foreigners visiting the country be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a White House official reported Wednesday.
The requirement would arise as part of a gradual approach of President Joe Biden’s administration to reduce travel restrictions on foreigners.
At the moment, a timetable was not determined, since the interdependencies working groups are studying how and when to safely move towards resuming normal travelBut eventually all foreigners, with some limited exceptions, are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the country.
The official said the goal is to have “a new system ready” for when trips can be reopened.
This includes “a phased approach that will eventually mean, with limited exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) must be fully vaccinated“he added.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to comment on the policy being developed. The government has not yet made any official announcement in this regard.
The Biden government maintained certain travel restrictions in force that forced the reduction of international flights to the United States, arguing the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
Under these rules, foreigners who have been in China, the Schengen area, Great Britain, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India in the previous 14 days have No admittance to US territory.
All travelers to the United States, regardless of their vaccination status, must show a negative Covid-19 test performed within the three days prior to their flight.
The Biden government faces pressure to remove some restrictions by allies, the airline industry and families who have been separated from their loved ones because of the rules.
Many complained that the travel restrictions do not reflect the current situation of the virus, especially since the number of infections in the United States is worse than that of many nations that are prohibited from entering.
Anthony Fauci Warning
Meanwhile, the main person in charge of the fight against the coronavirus in the United States, Anthony Fauci, warned this Wednesday that the country could be “in trouble” if americans continue without wanting to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, as variants more harmful than the delta could even appear.
“If another appears with an equally high transmission capacity, or also more serious, then we could really have problems. People who do not get vaccinated mistakenly think that it is only about them, but it is not like that. It is also about everyone else “Fauci warned in an interview for the McClatchyDC agency.
“If we don’t squash this outbreak to the point where the overwhelming proportion of the population is vaccinated, then what will happen is that the virus will continue to advance through the fall and winter,” he warned.
That “overwhelming proportion” to which Fauci refers is made up of 93 million people. His refusal to be vaccinated, he says, can cause between 100,000 and 200,000 new daily cases in the coming weeks, as well as a “wide possibility” for new variants to emerge more powerful.
“We are very lucky that the vaccines we have now work very well against the variants. We are very fortunate that this is the case”, but, the epidemiologist warns, “there could be a variant that persists and ignores the delta”, which It already accounts for 93 percent of the cases circulating in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Source: AP, EFE and DPA