United States to Accept Travelers with WHO-approved COVID-19 Vaccine

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The United States will accept use COVID-19 vaccine by international travelers authorized by US regulators or the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late Friday.

On September 20, the White House announced the United States would in November lift travel restrictions on airline passengers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the announcement has not specified which vaccine will be received.

Reported ReutersOctober 9, 2021, a CDC spokesperson said Friday, that six vaccines approved or FDA approved or registered for emergency use by the WHO will meet the criteria for travel to the US.

Late Friday, the CDC said earlier this week it would notify airlines of the vaccine it would receive. The CDC will also release additional guidance and information as travel requirements are finalized.

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 an official vaccination list for travelers entering the US.

“We look forward to working with governments to implement this new global vaccine and testing framework in early November 2021,” he said.

Several countries have pressured the Joe Biden administration to accept approved vaccines WHO, because the US Food and Drug Administration’s official vaccine is not widely used in all countries.

The United States will receive fully vaccinated air travelers from 26 countries including the Schengen area of ​​Europe as well as the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. US travel restrictions have barred most non-US citizens from being in those countries in the past 14 days.

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

The CDC still has to finalize and publish new contract tracking rules for international visitors, which are sent to the White House for review on September 15.

The CDC should also detail the rules for exclusions, which include children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, as well as for visitors from countries where COVID-19 vaccine not widely available.

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