Britons vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot will enter the US when travel restrictions are eased this fall, America’s top Covid doctor suggested today.
dr. Anthony Fauci said he saw no “any reason” why people given the UK-made vaccine would be denied entry, despite the injection not being approved in the US.
There was fear that AstraZeneca would not be recognized by U.S. border officials when transatlantic travel is eased from November for the full-blown crowd.
The White House announced yesterday that it is lifting the general 18-month travel ban that Donald Trump had put in place at the start of the pandemic. U.S. regulators will determine which vaccines will be accepted on entry in the coming weeks, but Dr. Fauci said he was confident AZ would break through the cut.
He told the BBC: ‘I don’t believe there is any reason to believe that people who have received the AZ vaccine should feel that there will be a problem with them.’
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said he was also confident the AstraZeneca jab would be recognized, claiming he had “no indications it wouldn’t.”
The shot was the cornerstone of the original introduction of the Covid vaccine in Britain and is considered safe and effective by UK health leaders and the World Health Organization (WHO).
But an extremely rare risk of blood clots, confusion over study results, and delivery restrictions led to the politicization and restriction of the jab in many countries.
dr. Anthony Fauci assured Britons vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot they will enter the US when travel restrictions are finally relaxed in November
Britain dropped restrictions on fully vaccinated US visitors in July as a “goodwill gesture”. But to the concern of ministers and the fury of the travel industry, the US had not responded until yesterday.
From November, vaccinated passengers will be able to enter the US from the UK and the EU.
All foreign travelers must be able to show proof of vaccination status before boarding a flight, as well as proof of a negative Covid test three days before.
On the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Dr Fauci was asked if someone who has received a vaccine approved by the British government can travel to the US.
Virgin Atlantic reports 91% increase in flight bookings to the US after restrictions are eased
Britons are rushing to buy flights to the US after Joe Biden finally said the fully vaccinated will be admitted from November.
Within an hour of the president’s announcement, bookings were up 700 percent and airline stock prices skyrocketed.
Meanwhile, people who have been separated from their friends and family because of the restrictions shared their joy at the changes.
They said it “feels like a dream,” noting how hard it was to be separated for nearly two years.
The White House lifts the 18-month general ban on foreign travelers introduced by Donald Trump for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “elated” that President Biden “restored transatlantic travel.”
He also said it will be “great to see family and friends on both sides of the pond reunited.”
Britain dropped restrictions on fully vaccinated US visitors in July as a “goodwill gesture”.
But to the concern of ministers and the fury of the travel industry, the US had not responded.
Today’s decision was welcomed by the travel industry, as airline chiefs said air links between the two countries are “part of the foundation of the global economy.”
dr. Fauci told the programme: ‘I cannot explain every vaccine approved by the UK.
“I don’t know all of it, but the specifics about AZ, given that we have a significant amount of information about the AZ vaccine – again without being definitive about it – I would predict there wouldn’t be a problem there.”
He noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make the final decision on which vaccines will be approved for entry into the US.
Britain is currently using only three Covid vaccines as part of the rollout – AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna, with the latter two also being used in the US.
But a number of studies have shown that when given a third booster vaccine, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines produce better immunity.
For this reason, the UK is switching from using its homegrown jab in favor of the mRNA vaccines.
Meanwhile, the US decision to relax travel rules was welcomed by the travel industry, as airline chiefs said air connections between the two countries are “part of the foundation of the global economy.”
A BA spokesperson reported that searches for travel to the US jumped nearly 700 percent following the announcement.
They said: ‘In the hours following reports of the reopening of the US-UK travel corridor in November, British Airways Holidays saw a nearly 700 per cent increase in searches for holidays to key US destinations compared to the same time last year. week.’
They added, “This included New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles and Boston.”
Virgin Atlantic reported bookings reached 91 percent within an hour of the announcement.
CEO Shai Weiss said: “The US government’s announcement that fully vaccinated British visitors will be able to enter the US from November is an important milestone in the reopening of large-scale travel across the Atlantic, allowing consumers and businesses to travel to the US.” book with confidence.
“As the UK forges its recovery from the pandemic, the reopening of the transatlantic corridor and the lifting of Presidential Decree 212F recognize the great strides both countries have made in rolling out successful vaccine programs.
“The UK will now be able to strengthen ties with our most important economic partner, the US, boost trade and tourism and reunite friends, families and business colleagues.
“We are grateful to Prime Minister Johnson and the British government, the Biden administration and our industrial partners for their cooperation.
“The US has been our heart for more than 37 years since our first flight to New York City in 1984. We’re just not Virgin without the Atlantic.
“After 18 months of uncertainty, we can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board and fly them safely to their favorite US destination.”
The White House has announced that fully vaccinated British travelers will be able to visit the US from November. Boris Johnson pressured Joe Biden to take the step