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President Biden’s latest COVID-19 rule goes into effect Monday, requiring all international travelers, including Americans, to test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of their departure in the United States – regardless of whether they were vaccinated gone or not.

The White House announced Thursday that the US will “tighten pre-departure testing protocols to test all inbound international travelers within one day of departure globally, regardless of nationality or vaccination status.” A senior administration official confirmed to Granthshala News on Friday that the ban would take effect Monday.


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“This strict testing timeline provides an additional degree of public health protection as scientists continue to assess the Omicron variant,” the White House said.

Biden announced this requirement, creating a “winter COVID emergency response team” among other actions, including an extension of mandatory masking on public transport and airports until March 18.[s], “Buying stockpile of coronavirus therapeutics, and working to provide more virus tests at home.

“We’re going to fight this version with science and speed, not with chaos and confusion like we beat COVID-19 in the spring and the more powerful version — the delta version in the summer and fall,” Biden said on Thursday. Called the unveiling as their “COVID-19 Winter Plan.”

Passengers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.  (Photo by Phil Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by Phil Magako / AFP via Getty Images)

Biden also said on Friday that he does not believe the White House will have to go beyond these measures to meet the vaccine requirement for domestic travel — at least “at this point.”

“The measures I announced yesterday are – we believe are sufficient to deal with the spread of this new variant with the appropriate medical precautions,” he said. “But we need to travel – we will continue to require people to be on masks – and in public places, and – and in federal buildings.”

Biden said: “I continue to trust scientists and ask them whether or not we have to move on from what we did yesterday. Right now, they’re saying no.”

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy remarks during a news conference with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at the White House on July 15, 2021 in Washington.  Reuters/Tom Brenner

Republicans argue that the vaccine requirements and masking rules the Biden administration is pushing are doing little but infringing on Americans’ liberties and hurting the economy. But Democrats and the administration’s health advisers say these steps are necessary to stem the spread of the virus.

“What we’re really seeing since the time of summer is that if you’ve been vaccinated or unvaccinated and have gathered in indoor places with people outside your household, wearing a mask can help reduce the chances of the spread. Recommended action to be taken,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told “Granthshala News Sunday”.

“These are strong measures that we’ve implemented and, you know, I think we’ve consistently shown our willingness to use every liver to make sure people are safe, they’re vaccinated, and we Have reached the end of the pandemic as soon as possible,” he said.

Granthshala News’ Edward Lawrence contributed to this report.