US expected to toughen testing requirement for travelers

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The Biden administration is expected to take steps in the coming days to toughen testing requirements for international travelers in the US, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated, amid the spread of the new Omicron version of the coronavirus.

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Precise testing protocols were being finalized ahead of President Joe Biden’s speech on Thursday on the nation’s plans to control the COVID-19 pandemic during the winter season, according to a senior administration official, who said few details were yet to come. can also change. One of the policies being considered is a requirement that all air travelers going to the US be tested for COVID-19 within a day of boarding their flight. Those currently fully vaccinated can present a test taken within three days of boarding.

“CDC is evaluating how to make international travel as safe as possible, including pre-departure testing as close to flight time and additional post-arrival testing and considerations about self-quarantine,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Doctor. Rochelle Valensky said Tuesday.

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The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s plans ahead of the announcement, said options under consideration include post-arrival testing requirements or even self-quarantine.

The expected move comes just weeks after the US largely reopened its borders on November 8 to fully vaccinate foreign travelers.

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Much is unknown about the new variant, which has been identified in more than 20 countries but not yet in the US, including whether it is more contagious, whether it will make people more seriously ill. makes, and whether it can cause the vaccine to fail. America’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said more will be known about the Omicron strain in two to four weeks as scientists try and test laboratory samples of the virus.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Joe Biden

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