Travelers flying to the United States will still need proof of Covid vaccination in 2023 – making the US the only country in the West to adhere to the failing policy.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the rule until at least January 8 next year to “limit the risk of Covid-19, including variants of the virus.”
But there is growing acceptance among experts that Covid vaccines — while highly effective at preventing serious illness — don’t stop infections well.
dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), admitted earlier this year that shots “can no longer prevent transmission.”
But since November 2021, anyone entering the US — even citizens returning home — must provide proof of Covid vaccination.
Most major western countries like the UK, France and Germany have already dropped these kinds of recommendations.
The countries that still require Covid vaccination to enter are: China, Angola, Libya, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Yemen, Indonesia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
The TSA announcement said it is revamping policies to “mitigate the risk of Covid-19 … being introduced, transmitted, and spread in and through the United States.”
As can be seen from the chart above, the introduction of a traveler’s vaccination certificate on November 8, 2021 has not been able to stop the influx of Covid cases of the Omicron variant during the winter of last year.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said travelers must prove their Covid shot status to “reduce the spread of Covid-19,” although the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control released guidelines treating unvaccinated and vaccinated people. the same
The TSA’s revamped policy will run until January 8 next year, after which it may be extended
The document reads: “Together with the Presidential Proclamation and the CDC injunction, this policy is intended to mitigate the risk of Covid-19, including variants of the virus that causes Covid-19, being introduced, transmitted and spread in and through the United States, potentially overwhelming healthcare and public health in the United States, endangering the health and safety of the American people, and threatening the security of our civil aviation system.”
Getting a Flu Vaccine Lowers Your Risk of a STROKE Years Later
Getting a flu shot may be more important than ever — a study indicates it also lowers the risk of stroke years later.
Researchers say health officials should push harder for everyone to get routine flu vaccines rather than just the most vulnerable.
The study analyzed the health records of more than 4 million adults in Alberta, Canada, over a 10-year period.
The results showed that people who had a flu shot once a year or every flu season for the 10-year period reduced their risk of stroke by more than a fifth, on average.
The protective effect was even stronger in men and younger people.
Researchers haven’t specifically investigated why getting a flu vaccine significantly lowered risk, but the prevailing hypothesis is simple.
The vaccine lowers the risk of getting the flu and getting sick, a known risk factor for stroke.
This is at odds with that of the CDC guidancepublished in August, which no longer distinguishes between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Estimates indicate that the Covid vaccines prevent about 30 to 40 percent of infections in the three to six months after immunization. But after that it drops to almost zero.
But the shots Reduce the risk of serious illness or death up to 90 percent in the months following vaccination.
dr. Walensky summed it up in January this year when she said, “Our vaccines work exceptionally well. \
“They continue to work well for Delta in breaking through illness and death. They prevent it … what they can no longer do is prevent transmission.’
The shots have gotten weaker in preventing transmission as Covid has mutated.
The updated bivalent vaccines would improve protection against Omicron and its sub-variants, which are dominant worldwide.
But there are doubts whether the vaccines really work any better than the original, DailyMail.com reported this week.
The Biden administration and CDC have dropped the requirement for international travelers to the US to take a negative Covid test in June, but will not budge on the need for Covid shots.
This means that vaccinated people can fly even if they test positive for the virus.
More than 80 percent of the US has received at least one dose of the Covid shot and 69 percent has been double vaccinated.
But booster dose uptake has been slow, with only 26.3 million taking the bivalent shots.
dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told DailyMail.com that the comprehensive policy was a “puzzle.”
He said: “There are several reasons why it is puzzling that travelers entering the US are required to continue to demonstrate their Covid vaccination status.
“First, Covid is abundant and widely transmitted in the US, so we’re not protecting our population from an infection that isn’t here. Second, the vaccines are only moderately effective in preventing transmission. After all, vaccinated people can become infected and transmit the virus to others.’
He added: “Finally, when dealing with a highly contagious respiratory virus, it has been clearly shown that travel restrictions of any kind are not very effective at keeping new viruses out of a country – and Covid is no longer new.”