The United States will accept travelers who have been vaccinated with a combination of formulas

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The United States will accept travelers who have been vaccinated with a combination of formulas, but only if the WHO approves all.

Joe Biden's government authorizes people immunized with Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

The US government adopted the new rules for international travelers on Monday after a year and a half, requiring a complete vaccination for non-resident visitors and a PCR test.

"It is a hugely positive change. It is an excellent step towards returning to normality in international travel. It aims to protect the health of all: Americans, residents and those who visit us, "said Rena Bitter, undersecretary for Consular Affairs of the State Department, in a press conference in which Infobae participated.

Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), clarified in turn that the authorities would allow the entry of people who have a mixture of formulas, as long as it is the dose in the list. Thus, People who received a first Sputnik V vaccine and a second from another approved formula will still not meet the requested requirements.

The WHO authorized formulas are from Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca (also the US approved), Covaxin, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

Cetron added that the status of licensed vaccines "evolves." The case of Covaxin was approved just a few days ago by the WHO and is already on the list admitted by the US. He also indicated that booster doses are not included in the requirements. At the same time, the efficacy and duration of immunity granted by vaccines continue to be studied.

As for the Russian formula, the director replied that the decision corresponds to the WHO recalled and has not received authorization, so it does not meet the requirements. 

In addition, it denied entry to persons with "natural immunity" after infection and who had not been vaccinated.

Authorities also confirmed that the airlines were responsible for verifying and examining the vaccination status 72 hours before the flight, as they have been doing to date.

The restrictions in force until Sunday did not apply to most of the countries in the region. Many Latin Americans could have difficulties entering, for those vaccinated by formulas not authorized by the US or the WHO, mainly Sputnik.

However, the doors were closed, and now open, for visitors from much of the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The list included the 26 European countries of the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa, and India.

We urge you to get vaccinated, be prepared, take the test before boarding the flight, follow the rules of wearing a mask and social distance, and understand the rules before your trip, "said Bitter.

Exceptions for vaccinations are those under 18 years of age.

However, those over the age of 2 must undergo a COVID test between the third and fifth day after arrival. In addition, there is also an exception for countries with a meager vaccination rate due to the lack of availability of doses.

Initially applied by former President Donald Trump, these travel restrictions had been maintained by the current president, Joe Biden. The opening of borders comes shortly after the US reaches 70% of its fully vaccinated adult population.

The Department of Homeland Security has warned that "due to the large number of passengers, the waiting time at customs will be longer," so it recommends keeping documents in hand and "patience". Demonstrate last Saturday.