- Fauci sees ‘no reason’ why people giving made in Britain jab would be denied
- Friction fears at US border as AstraZeneca is not approved in the US
- The White House announced yesterday it was lifting an 18-month blanket travel ban
America’s top COVID doctor suggested today that Britons vaccinated with the AstraZeneca jab be allowed into the US when travel restrictions are eased this autumn.
Dr Anthony Fauci said he sees ‘no reason’ why people should be denied entry despite the UK-manufactured vaccine not being approved for the jab in the US.
There were fears that AstraZeneca would not be recognized by US border officials when transatlantic travel would be completely halted from November.
He told the BBC: ‘I don’t think there is any reason to believe that people who have been vaccinated for AZ should feel that there is going to be a problem with them.’
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said he was also confident the AstraZeneca jab would be recognized, claiming he had ‘no indication that it won’t’.
The jab was a cornerstone of the UK’s original COVID vaccine rollout and has been deemed safe and effective by UK health chiefs and the World Health Organization (WHO).
But an extremely rare risk of blood clots, confusion about test results, and a lack of supplies led to the jab being politicized and banned in many countries.
Dr Anthony Fauci assured Britons with the AstraZeneca jab will be vaccinated, allowing them into the US when travel restrictions are eased in November.
Britain lifted a ban on fully vaccinated US visitors in July as a ‘goodwill gesture’. But, to the concerns of ministers and the anger of the travel industry, the US had not responded till yesterday.
Vaccinated travelers will be able to enter the US from the UK and EU from November.
All foreign travelers must show proof of immunization status before boarding a flight, as well as proof of a negative COVID test three days prior.
Speaking on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Dr Fauci was asked whether anyone receiving a UK government-approved vaccine would be able to travel to the US.
Virgin Atlantic reports 91% bookings on flights to the US after easing restrictions
Britons are rushing to buy flights to the US after Joe Biden finally said that full vaccinations would be allowed from November.
Bookings jumped 700 percent within an hour of the president’s announcement and airlines’ stock prices skyrocketed.
Meanwhile, those who were kept away from their friends and family due to restrictions shared their joy over the changes.
He said it ‘feels like a dream’ while noting how hard it was to be apart for almost two years.
The White House will lift an 18-month blanket ban on foreign travelers – initiated by Donald Trump – for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ‘delighted’ that President Biden was ‘restoring transatlantic travel’.
He also said that it would be great that family and friends on both sides of the pond could meet once again.
Britain lifted a ban on fully vaccinated US visitors in July as a ‘goodwill gesture’.
However, the US did not react to the ministers’ concern and the anger of the travel industry.
The travel sector welcomed today’s decision, as aviation chiefs said air connectivity between the two countries is “part of the foundation of the global economy”.
Dr Fauci told the programme: ‘I cannot account for every vaccine approved by the UK.
‘I’m not sure about all of them but specific about AZ, given that we have a substantial amount of information on the AZ vaccine – again without being sure about it – I would predict that there won’t be any problems. Will be.’
He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make the final decision on which vaccines will be recognized for entry into the US.
The UK is currently using only three COVID vaccines as part of its rollout – AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna, the latter two are also used in the US.
But several studies have shown that when giving a booster third dose of vaccine, Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines produce better immunity.
For this reason, the UK is turning away from using its home-grown jab in favor of mRNA vaccines.
Meanwhile, the US decision to relax travel rules has been welcomed by the travel sector, as aviation chiefs said air connectivity between the two countries is “part of the foundation of the global economy”.
A BA spokesperson said searches for trips to the US increased by nearly 700 percent following the announcement.
He said: ‘In the hours following reports of the US-UK travel corridor reopening this November, British Airways Holidays saw a nearly 700 percent increase in holiday searches to major US destinations compared to the previous week. ‘
He added: ‘These included New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles and Boston.’
Virgin Atlantic reported bookings jumped 91 percent within an hour of the announcement.
CEO Shai Weiss said: ‘The US government’s announcement that fully vaccinated UK visitors will be able to enter the US from November is a major milestone in the reopening of mass travel across the Atlantic, allowing consumers to and allows businesses to book travel to the US. Self-confidence.
‘As the UK prepares to recover from the pandemic, the reopening of the Transatlantic Corridor and the lifting of Presidential Order 212F acknowledge the great progress both countries have made in launching successful vaccine programmes.
‘Britain will now strengthen ties…