Covid eases but US won’t join EU in opening borders


US President Joe Biden has hailed progress on vaccination and health authorities have eased recommendations on masks, but the language on travel restrictions has remained constant, which is that transatlantic travel will resume ‘as soon as the science permits’. – EPA pic, June 22, 2021.

AS the Covid pandemic recedes dramatically in the West, Europe is opening its doors to Americans – but the reverse is not holding true, with the United States not budging on restrictions imposed 15 months ago.

President Joe Biden has hailed progress on vaccination, with a goal of reaching 70% of Americans with at least one dose by July 4, and health authorities have eased recommendations on masks, but the language on travel restrictions has remained constant.


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