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Other exemptions to the Biden administration’s new international travel rules include participants in certain Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials, those with medical contraindications to the vaccines and those who are permitted to travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons.

Additionally, very scarce exceptions will be made for foreign nationals traveling on non-tourist visas from countries with low-vaccine availability, according to a senior administration official. There are currently about 50 countries considered to have “low-vaccine availability”, an official said.

Unvaccinated citizens and lawful long-lasting residents traveling to the US by plane will be required to produce a negative coronavirus test within one day of departure.

For purposes of travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will accept vaccines that have been empowered or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

That includes the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, widely obtainable in the US, in addition as the AstraZeneca vaccine that was quickly rolled out in Europe, and China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines. Excluded is Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, which has in addition to be empowered or approved by the FDA or WHO.

The CDC also issued new contact tracing rules that require airlines to collect personal information from international air passengers. Under the rules, airlines will be required to keep the information freely obtainable for 30 days so public health officials can follow up with travelers who may have been exposed to the virus.

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Biden administration outlines vaccination rules for international travel to US

Nearly all foreign nationals traveling to the US by air will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, according to new rules outlined by the Biden administration on Monday.

With the US set to lift its ban on travel from 33 countries on 8 November, federal health officials unveiled specific requirements for passengers arriving by air to the US.

With few exceptions, children under 18 among them, most non US citizens and nonimmigrants will be required to provide documentation of vaccination position and a negative coronavirus test taken at the minimum three days before departure.

“Under this new international air travel system foreign nationals will need to be fully vaccinated in order to fly to the United States. The new system also includes enhanced testing requirements, strengthens contact-tracing, in addition as masking,” senior administration officials said in a briefing with reporters on Monday.

“These are strict safety protocols that follow the science and public health to enhance the safety of Americans here at home, and the safety of international air travel.”

Under the new system, airlines will need to verify the vaccination position of all foreign travelers before boarding an airplane to the US. Foreign travelers will nevertheless be required to produce a negative test consequence within three days of travel.

Children under 18 years of age will be exempt from the vaccination requirement. Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test.

If the unvaccinated child is traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, a test is required within three days prior to departure. If the unvaccinated child is traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they will have to test within one day of departure.




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Joe Biden’s special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said earlier efforts to restart nuclear negotiations with Tehran are “in a basic place”.

Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 international deal with Iran regarding its nuclear ambitions. Biden restarted relations.

Malley told reporters today there was a “thorough and growing” concern about Iranian intransigence and refusal to commit to resuming negotiations in Vienna.

“We’re in a basic place,” Malley said, noting that talks were suspended after a sixth round in June due to Iran’s elections, but that new Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, has had plenty of time since taking office in August to decide on a policy.

“At this point it’s hard to find an innocent explanation as to why it’s taking so long,” Malley said. “The ‘Plan B’ being implemented right now appears to be the Iranian one, and that’s something we have to be prepared for.”

Here’s our diplomatic editor, Patrick Wintour, from earlier in October:




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The Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, plans to offer $5,000 bonuses to lure police officers from other states who resist vaccine mandates.

“We’re truly actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement,” DeSantis told Fox News on Sunday.

Many US cities and government agencies have introduced vaccination mandates for public employees. Resistance among police officers and other first responders has been widely picked up by rightwing media figures and politicians using opposition to Covid public health measures to attack the Biden administration and other Democratic authorities.

“We do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments,” DeSantis said. “So, in the next legislative session, I’m going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida.

“NYPD [New York], Minneapolis, Seattle, if you’re not being treated well, we will treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we will compensate you as a consequence.”

DeSantis surveys strongly among Republican voters in surveys of possible presidential nominees for 2024. He has reached such a position by firmly aligning himself with Donald Trump, the former president who seems likely to run again.

Last week, video circulated showing the two men deploying similar gestures and rhetorical gambits.

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Authoritarians always create male imitators in terms of body language, performance, and attitude. Remember @mikepompeo‘s “swagger”? Now it’s @GovRonDeSantis. Read #Strongmen to learn how the system populates with these “little Mussolinis.” https://t.co/O7ctXxZ5DW


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The Fox News great number Neil Cavuto has “begged” viewers to toss out political talking points about Covid-19 vaccinations and get the shot.

My God, stop the politics,” he told the network’s Media Buzz show.

“Life is too short to be an ass. Life is way too short to be ignorant of the potential of something that is helping people worldwide. Stop the deaths, stop the experiencing, please get vaccinated, please.”

He also said he expected to be attacked for his allurement.

“I hear from a lot of people in current nasty emails,” he said. “‘You’re a Never Trumper’, or you’re this or ‘We don’t trust you, we don’t believe a information you’re saying.’

And that’s just coming from my family.”

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