The European Union could renew the ban on travel to the United States
The European Union is set to re-impose travel restrictions on the United States, a precautionary measure expected to arrive next week as the Delta variant continues to spread in the United States.
After initially lifting a travel ban in June, the EU is playing again with the idea of limiting US access to member countries. The United States has passed the threshold of 75 new cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period, Bloomberg reports.
Imposing the ban on the United States would require a majority agreement from EU members and the restrictions would apply to non-essential travel. However, fully vaccinated people can fly to Europe if they wish.
Back to an American ban? The EU is toughening the message regarding the travel ban to the United States, as the increase in the number of Covid people in the United States endangers the United States’ place on the EU access list. https://t.co/FFOitw5M3Z
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As cases continue to rise in the United States, Dr Anthony Fauci says the United States “could be in trouble” if a new strain surpasses the Delta variant, which has a 1,000 times higher viral load than the variant. original.
“If we do the immediate, the middle, and the long term and do the mitigation now, we will reverse the delta surge,” Fauci added.
The United States reports an average of 94,000 cases over seven days according to John’s Hopkins University. The United States surpassed 100,000 cases on Monday and Tuesday.
The Delta variant has already been proven to infect those vaccinated and is expected to lead to an increase in breakthrough infections as people move indoors for the fall, reports CNBC.
“This should not last for weeks,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. She calls on the United States to lift the travel ban on EU citizens now. https://t.co/732VnnteHP
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Moderna says its two-dose vaccine is “durable” but said a third dose “will likely be needed before winter”.