The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that passengers arriving in the U.S. from the United Kingdom must have a negative test for COVID-19 before departure.
Passengers will have to undergo a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of boarding a flight from the UK to the US. Passengers must also provide documentation of their laboratory results in written or electronic form.
The airline must confirm the test results before the flight, and if the passenger refuses the test or does not provide documents, they are not allowed to board the flight.
The order is in response to a new variant of the coronavirus, which is said to have originated in the United Kingdom and may be more easily spread. Since the discovery of this variant, more than 40 countries have restricted their travel from the UK, and in some cases, countries that obtain travel records from other countries.
The CDC said in a statement: “On March 1
The agency said the order will be signed on Friday and will take effect on Monday.
Genetic experts have expressed initial concerns that the COVID-19 vaccine may be less effective against this new variant. Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccines to see if they can fight the new variants.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that the British coronavirus variant has not yet been identified through US genetic sequencing. But this may be because the US surveillance system did not catch it.
Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir said on Monday: “Maybe in the United States, we may not have found it yet.”
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