Omicron variant in the United States: these are the changes in the protocol to enter the country

Para ingresar a EE.UU. se necesitarán test de no más de 24 horas, sin importar el estatus de vacunación.

After this Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) confirm the arrival of the Covid-10 Omicron variant in the United States, The authorities have decided to reinforce some measures of the health protocol to avoid the massive spread of this new strain of the virus, of which there are still many unknowns to answer.

That is why the president Joe Biden announced that same day in the afternoon some modifications to the health protocol that had been applied, in particular to travelers entering the country.

By mandate of Biden, As of next Monday, all travelers who want to enter the US must present a negative Covid-19 test, carried out no more than 24 hours before making their flight.regardless of your vaccination status or country of departure.

“This stricter time frame for all travelers provides an additional degree of public health protection as scientists continue to evaluate the omicron variant,” said a senior US official, who preferred to remain anonymous, in a call with journalists.

The same source ruled out that travelers have to do some quarantine period once they are already in the United States or undergo another coronavirus test 2 or 3 days after their arrival.

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Similarly, Another of the measures ordered by Biden is to encourage all adults to apply the booster dose of the anti-Covid vaccine, expand the number of inoculations among minors, increase access to free tests carried out inside each home, as well as reinforce protection measures at work sites.

Too The government has ready the reinforcement of rapid response teams to combat possible spikes in cases and will ensure the supply of treatment pills against Covid-19 once they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“We have the tools we need to face this variant and to continue advancing in our fight against the virus. We are using them to keep the population safe, keep our schools open and protect our economy, “said the Biden government spokesman.

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