The Biden administration’s decision puts an end to the travel ban: the authorities will define exactly what is meant by fully vaccinated, and which vaccines are accepted, given that AstraZeneca is not approved in the US
I European travelers they will be able to return to the United States since early November.
Jeff Zients, coordinator of the White House anti-Covid team, announced today, Monday, September 20, that the administration will reopen the borders to all fully vaccinated visitors.
Particularly the ban on people from the European Union is therefore removed, introduced on March 14, 2020 by Donald Trump and then confirmed by Joe Biden.
Zients did not specify the exact date on which tourists and, above all, students, professors, workers, managers will be able to return to the US.
Instead, he explained that all passengers must have completed the vaccination course and be subjected to a test within three days (72 hours) prior to departure.
But there is still one important detail to be clarified. Zients said that the Cdc (Centers for Disease control and prevention), i.e. the federal authority, will determine which vaccines will be accepted by the Americans.
The FDA (Food and Drugs administration) has approved three: Pfizer, Moderna e Johnson & Johnson. As you can see Astrazeneca is missing from the list, whey widely used in the EU.
We must therefore see if the CDC also gives the green light to Europeans immunized with Astrazeneca.
In any case, Washington’s decision comes after months of pressure from the governments of the Old Continent. Also because European countries had long ago opened their borders to vaccinated Americans. A few days ago as well Washington Post he had called Biden’s obstinacy inexplicable.
Therefore, in a couple of months, first of all, those thousands of foreigners who, despite having a visa for work or study reasons, were stuck outside the United States will be able to return.
At the same time it will be possible reopen the tourist season in the most popular destinations, from New York to Miami to Chicago, or in natural attractions, such as the great Parks in the West.
Washington’s move coincides with the week of the UN General Assembly. Between today and Wednesday 22, Biden will try to relaunch relations with Europeans, after a summer marked by much controversy.
The latest with France concerns the agreement for the supply of nuclear-powered submarines to Australia. Tomorrow, Tuesday 21 September, speaking to the United Nations Assembly, the American president will propose a more ambitious plan to combat Covid on a global scale. Indeed, it would have been embarrassing to invite Europeans to collaborate more, confirming the travel restrictions now outdated by the facts.
September 20, 2021 (change September 20, 2021 | 18:27)