The U.S. Government will today announce the end from Sunday of the requirement for people entering the country to test negative for COVID-19. The Guardian has more.
According to Reuters, the move will go into effect for US-bound air travelers on Sunday at midnight.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reportedly determined that the science and data mean the tests are no longer necessary. It will examine the decision again after three months.
The travel industry had lobbied for months against the restriction, which had been in place since January 2021.
The [Government] official said the Biden administration plans to work with airlines to ensure a smooth transition. The travel industry, as well as some scientists and lawmakers, including Democrats, had been critical of the requirement, saying it was no longer needed.
Since December, the CDC has required travelers to test negative within one day before flights to the United States but does not require testing for land border crossings.
Oddly, there is no mention of whether the ban on unvaccinated visitors entering the U.S. will also end. So we have to assume not, and that the vaccine apartheid will continue into the summer of the pandemic’s third year.
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