U.S. to recognize travellers with mixed COVID-19 vaccines as fully inoculated

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The United States’ national public-health agency says it will now recognize travelers who have traveled completely, paving the way for foreigners, including Canadians, to enter the US under new rules that take effect in November. Received doses of various COVID-19 vaccines for vaccination from

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On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has updated its guidance to say that anyone with mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be vaccinated until the vaccine reaches the United States. are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Or on the World Health Organization’s emergency-use list. These lists include all vaccines used in Canada.

“While the CDC does not recommend mixing vaccines in the primary series, we believe this is increasingly common in other countries, so it should be accepted for interpretation of the vaccine record,” spokeswoman Kristin Nordlund said in a statement. said.

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The US will reopen its land border from Canada to fully vaccinated travelers on November 8. What you need to know about the new rules

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Separately, the United States announced that fully vaccinated Canadians and Mexicans will be able to enter the US through the land border starting November 8. Only then will the new rules take effect, which will require thorough vaccination of passengers arriving by land or air.

The November 8 start date announced Friday by the White House comes a full three months after Canada initially allowed fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents to return across the border in August.

The CDC’s decision means there is no barrier for millions of Canadians to visit the United States this fall and winter. According to data from Health Canada, more than 3.9 million Canadians have received mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

The US Travel Association has estimated that the Mexican and Canadian border closures cost US businesses US$1.5 billion in travel service exports – domestic spending by foreign visitors – every month.

Non-essential travelers have been banned across land borders with Mexico and Canada since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 8 November, foreign air travelers from 26 Schengen countries in Europe, including the United States France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, were fully vaccinated foreigners. The air will accept passengers. , Iran and Brazil. Unprecedented US sanctions have restricted non-US citizens who were in those countries within the past 14 days.

Non-US air travelers must show proof of vaccination before flying, and must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Foreign visitors crossing over the land border will not be required to show proof of a recent negative test.

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The new rules do not require foreign visitors or Americans to go into quarantine to enter the country.

With files from the Canadian Press and Reuters


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