Despite the growing number of vaccinated Americans, CDC advises US residents to refrain from travel due to new outbreaks of COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walenski said Friday that despite the relatively low risks to fully vaccinated people, public health authorities are urging Americans to refrain from travel for now due to new coronavirus outbreaks occurring across the country. Walenski said this while speaking to reporters at the White House, Reuters reported.
“We know that the number of cases (infections) is growing right now. I am against conventional travel in general, Walenski said. We do not recommend travel at this time, especially for unvaccinated people. ”
Walenski made the announcement after the agency she leads Friday morning announced a change in its travel guidelines. The document refers to the “low risk” of travel for people who are fully vaccinated. The CDC has allowed vaccinated seniors to travel by air. In addition, vaccinated people are no longer required to undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival if they take all precautions, wearing masks and keeping their distance.
Roger Doe, executive director of the United States Travel Association, called the new CDC guidance “an important step in the right direction,” following scientific advice to help the travel and aviation industries hardest hit by the pandemic.
At the same time, the administration did not lift the ban on entry into the United States for most foreigners who have recently visited China, Brazil, South Africa and most of the European countries. The CDC has not waived the requirement for all foreigners to test negative for COVID-19 before traveling to the United States.
A White House spokesman told Reuters that the Biden administration has begun negotiations on a possible lifting of the bans, but this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. The United States also maintains travel restrictions across land borders with Canada and Mexico.
Meanwhile, the campaign to vaccinate Americans continues at an accelerated pace. As of Friday morning, 157.6 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have already been administered in the United States, and more than 204 million doses have already been distributed throughout the country, the CDC said.
101.8 million Americans – more than a third of all adults – received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 57.9 million US residents, or 17.5% of the country’s adult population, were fully vaccinated.