Biden signs a South African travel ban to slow the spread of the new Covid-19 strain
US President Joe Biden signs executive orders for economic relief for families and businesses affected by the Coronavirus in the White House dining room in Washington, DC, on January 22, 2021.
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President Joe Biden Two White House officials will sign a travel ban on Monday for most non-US citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa, where a new strain of Covid-19 has been identified.
Biden would also restore travel restrictions that the former president canceled Donald Trump In January, it will ban entry to non-US citizens from the United Kingdom, Ireland and most of Europe. Brazil will also be affected.
Reuters first reported the travel restrictions on Sunday. Dr. Anne Schuchat, Senior Vice President of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the media that the agency is “putting in place this set of measures to protect Americans and also to reduce the risk of these variables spreading and exacerbating the current pandemic.”
Before Biden took office, the new White House press secretary Jane Saki criticized Trump’s move to lift international travel restrictions even as more contagious variables emerged around the world.
“We plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of Covid-19,” Psaki wrote in a tweet.
White House Health Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said the vaccines available looked like this Less effective against new, more infectious strains Covid-19, but they likely provide enough protection that is worth getting.
The CDC also announced that it will remove the option for airlines that have flights from countries lacking the Covid-19 test to apply for temporary exemptions for some travelers. The agency will implement the order on Tuesday.
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