British officials noted that the United States had not imposed a similar ban on people from Caribbean countries, which had a higher infection rate than Britain, or from Argentina, which had a higher rate of infection. lower of its vaccinated population. About 82% of people over 16 in Britain have had two injections.
Understanding the mandates of vaccines and masks in the United States
- Vaccination rules. On August 23, the Food and Drug Administration fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 years of age and older, paving the way for increased tenure in the public and private sectors. Private companies increasingly require vaccines for their employees. Such warrants are authorized by law and have been confirmed in court challenges.
- Mask rules. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July recommended that all Americans, regardless of their immunization status, wear masks in indoor public places in areas affected by epidemics, a reversal of guidelines it offered in May. . See where the CDC guidelines would apply and where states have instituted their own mask policies. The battle for masks has become controversial in some states, with some local leaders defying state bans.
- College and universities. More than 400 colleges and universities require students to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Almost all of them are in states that voted for President Biden.
- Schools. California and New York City have both introduced vaccination mandates for educational staff. A survey released in August found that many American parents of school-aged children are opposed to mandatory vaccines for students, but were more in favor of mask mandates for students, teachers and staff who don’t. don’t have their vaccines.
- Hospitals and medical centers. Many hospitals and large healthcare systems are requiring their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, citing an increase in the number of cases fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even within their hand -work.
- New York City. Proof of vaccination is required from workers and customers for indoor meals, gyms, shows and other indoor situations, although enforcement does not begin until September 13. Teachers and other education workers in the city’s vast school system will need to have at least one vaccine dose by September 27, with no possibility of weekly testing. Employees of the city’s hospitals must also get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests. Similar rules are in place for New York State employees.
- At the federal level. The Pentagon has announced that it will seek to make coronavirus vaccination mandatory for the nation’s 1.3 million active-duty soldiers “no later than” mid-September. President Biden announced that all federal civilian employees should be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel.
Britain and several countries in the European Union allow fully vaccinated people from the United States to travel without quarantine, and officials there were upset when the United States failed to release the the same. The European Union has since turned around and recommended that its members impose more restrictions on American travelers.
“It’s a tremendous boost for business and commerce, and it’s great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can come together again,” Mr Johnson said in a tweet.
The ban, European officials point out, has kept families separated since early 2020, as the coronavirus erupted across Europe. European countries have resisted a third wave of infections propelled by the Delta variant. But in several countries, including Britain, infection rates have started to stabilize and even decline.
The travel ban is one of the many sources of tension in the transatlantic relationship. European allies criticized Biden for failing to consult them adequately on the withdrawal from Afghanistan, while France was outraged at losing a lucrative submarine contract with Australia, hours before the US, Britain and Australia do announce an alternative deal to supply nuclear-powered submarines.
But unlike these issues, which are geopolitical and have little impact on people on a daily basis, the travel ban has affected Europeans personally. British newspapers have highlighted the fact that the parents of Emma Raducanu, the Briton who won the US Open tennis tournament, could not travel to New York to watch her play.
“Transatlantic travel is huge,” said Steven Freudmann, president of the Institute of Travel and Tourism, an industry lobby group. “The UK travel industry is very keen to open up to the US as soon as possible and is particularly frustrated because we have opened up to fully vaccinated US citizens for some time.”