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Foreign travelers will be subjected to more stringent screening in the United States.

President Joe Biden of the United States has announced new requirements for international travelers entering the United States, including those who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated.

Inbound travelers arriving in the United States will be required to be tested for COVID-19 one day before their flight to the United States, regardless of whether or not they have received a vaccination, President Biden announced on Thursday. Currently, travelers who have received a must be tested three days before their flight to the United States.

During a speech at the National Institutes of Health medical research facility in Maryland, Vice President Joe Biden declared, “We’re going to fight this variant with science and speed, not chaos and confusion.”

According to the White House, the new testing requirements will apply to both US citizens and foreign nationals who fly into the country, and they will go into effect early next week, if all goes according to plan.

According to Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the Centers for and Prevention, requiring a negative test within a day of departure, rather than three days, would strengthen the United States’ “already robust protocols” for international travelers, which include a requirement that they be fully vaccinated against the virus.

The has also surveillance at four of the busiest airports in the United States: John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Newark International Airport in New Jersey, San Francisco International Airport, and Atlanta International Airport.

Following the report of the third known case of transmission of the variant in the United States, the US announced its intention to extend the mask mandate for domestic travel from the previously decided January deadline to the middle of .

President Joe Biden also unveiled his strategy to combat the coronavirus, which includes hundreds of vaccination sites geared toward families, booster for all adults, new testing requirements for international travelers, and at-home tests that will be covered by private insurers or made available at community health centers, among other measures.

As a result, he said, “we have a -class set of tools at our disposal, as well as the best medicine and the best scientists in the world.” “As a result, we are entering this winter from a position of strength when compared to where America was during the previous winter.”

Private health insurers will be required to reimburse their 150 million customers for the cost of over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests, according to officials, who also announced a plan to make 50 million additional tests available for free through rural clinics and health centers for the uninsured.

According to senior officials, other administration actions include discussions with African scientists to learn more about how severe and widespread the variant is, as well as outreach to vaccine manufacturers and academic labs involved in any potential of new tests, vaccines, and treatments, among other things.

As part of this effort, President Biden stated that the United States will expedite the delivery of vaccines to foreign , with plans to ship 200 million doses to countries in need within the next 100 days.

A total of 1.2 doses have been pledged by the Biden to be distributed worldwide; however, in the wake of the new variant, some public-health advocates have renewed their criticism of the United States and other wealthy nations for administering booster doses while developing countries continue to lack vaccine access.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 63 percent of the US population eligible for vaccines – or approximately 197 million people – are considered fully vaccinated. A total of 42 million people, or nearly 23% of the population, have received booster shots.

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