Fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel, updated CDC guidance states

Fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel, updated CDC guidance states

The CDC's new guidance says fully vaccinated people do not need COVID-19 tests before global travel unless it is required by the worldwide destination and vaccinated people returning from foreign travel do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by state or local authorities.

About 157 million Covid-19 vaccine shots have been administered as of Friday, while more than 204 million doses have been distributed across the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

- Fully vaccinated people can travel within the US, without getting tested for the coronavirus or quarantining.

Rochelle Walensky urged caution and said she would "advocate against general travel overall" given the rising number of infections.

Vietnam receives first batch of vaccines under COVAX scheme
India rolled out an ambitious vaccine export programme, rivalling China's, in a move to fortify its worldwide influence. On Monday, Canada suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people under 55, citing new concerning data from Europe.

For global travel, a test is not required before travel, but travelers should be tested before returning to the United States and again a few days after their return, the CDC recommends.

Just four weeks ago, the CDC held its ground with regards to their no-travel mantra by announcing that Americans should avoid all travel - even those who had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. However, they would still need to take the test if the destination rules state so.

The United States has administered at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine to more than 100 million people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. However, they must still have a negative Covid-19 test before taking a flight to the U.S., as well as taking a follow-up test three to five days after their return. Our guidance reiterates that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear masks on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation while traveling.

The CDC had repeatedly declined in recent weeks to change the guidance and repeated it was still discouraging all non-essential travel because of a concern about new variants. That means the second shot for vaccines that require two jabs.

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