WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will restrict travel from India from Tuesday on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as India grapples with a second coronavirus infection.
This policy will not apply to US citizens, legal permanent residents, or other exempt persons, as indicated by White House officials. Those in these categories must be tested negatively before traveling to quarantine if they were not vaccinated and re-tested negatively upon entering the United States as required for all international travelers.
“The policy will be implemented with the exceptionally high COVID-19 content in mind and the species circulating in India,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
The UK, Canada, Germany, France, New Zealand and other countries have imposed similar travel restrictions in India in recent days.
The new travel restrictions underscore the challenges in addressing the global coronavirus epidemic, despite progress in the United States.
India has more than 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, making it the fourth country to do so, with some experts warning that the death toll is likely higher than reported. Overall, India has around 18 million cases, second only to the United States with more than 32 million.
The rise of new infections has brought India’s hospitals to a breaking point, leading to a shortage of oxygen, hospital beds and other vital equipment.
Vice President Kamala Harris exposed restrictions on commenting to reporters on Friday afternoon.
“As it relates to the people of India, we have decades-long ties with India, especially in the field of public health,” Harris said, adding that she did not speak to extended families in India due to the “conflict of interest.” Limited announcement
Although India is one of the world’s largest producers of vaccines. But the country is trying to provide enough to vaccinate nearly 1.4 billion people.Experts warn that as the United States and other wealthy nations compete to launch vaccinations, global vaccine inequalities could lead to vaccination. The epidemic of the pandemic lasts longer for everyone due to the mutant virus strains and may infect and evade Western vaccines.
Biden spoke with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and administrative officials said they were sending supplies to countries including oxygen equipment, vaccine raw materials, rapid test kits and Remdesivir treatment.
Psaki said two US military flights arrived in India on Friday carrying oxygen tanks, quick diagnostics, N95 masks and other equipment. “Help alleviate the suffering to a certain extent”
In January, Biden recalled similar travel restrictions for most non-US travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the UK and 26 other European countries that allowed open border crossings, and also issued restrictions. New to travel from South Africa