- Vaccinated foreign travelers were allowed to enter the United States this week.
- Ending a difficult 18-month wait and making thousands of people together in happiness.
On Monday, the opening of the country’s borders is expected to significantly increase the influx of tourist money and bring some rest to a travel industry that has lost billions of dollars due to the pandemic. According to Customs and Border Protection, almost 2,00,000 international passengers arrived in the United States on Monday alone.
Every customs booth in San Ysidro, Calif., was packed with Mexican travelers looking to reconcile with family or seek medical attention. However, there were fears to the north that the Canadian government’s entrance requirement of a P.C.R. test, which is more expensive and time-consuming than the fast antigen test, may prevent some Canadian visits to the U.S.
Meanwhile, the debate about U.S. mandates for Covid preventive efforts raged on. The government is set to appeal a federal appeals court’s decision blocking the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for significant businesses.
In the courts, mask mandates had a mixed week. A federal judge concluded that Texas’ restriction on mask mandates in schools infringed the rights of students with disabilities. While a state mask mandate for grades K-12 was struck down by a judge in Pennsylvania; it remained in effect awaiting appeal.
On Tuesday, Pfizer petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to approve booster doses of its vaccine for all persons aged 18 and up, expanding on the current authorization for those aged 65 and up who are at high risk. The request is expected to be granted, possibly before the holidays. Colorado and California became the first two states to do so this week, ahead of federal permission.
Available data on the vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States and looked at how effective they have been over time. Their ability to prevent infection decreases to varying degrees, but their power to avoid hospitalization and mortality remains high.
Source: The New York Times