The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated this Friday that people vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to travel, but without abandoning the use of masks and social distance.
The news is welcomed especially by adults who are part of the bulk of the 100 million people who have so far received at least one dose of the three vaccines authorized by the United States health authorities so far.
In its new guideline, the CDC notes that if people who have received both doses of the vaccines plan to travel within U.S. territory, then they do not need to undergo virus discard tests before or after the trip unless authorities in the place of destination requires it.
Those who are fully vaccinated also do not need to undergo periods of isolation or quarantine.
“With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, it is important to update the public on the latest scientific determinations about what fully vaccinated people can safely do, now including the travel guideline,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky in a statement quoted by the newspaper The Washington Post.
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The health authorities issued their most recent recommendation after the dissemination of several investigations that have verified the effectiveness of vaccines against covid-19.
In a study released Monday, the CDC found that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines reduced the risk of infection to 80 percent two weeks after the first dose and to 90 percent two weeks after the second dose, among 4,000 workers. sanitary.
The study was one of the first to measure the risk of infection, rather than limiting symptomatic cases.
The new guideline is expected to boost activity by airlines and the tourism sector because until Friday’s announcement the CDC advised against planning trips, but now they recommend postponing any trip until they have received two doses of the vaccine.
A business coalition sent a letter last month to Jeffrey Zients, coordinator of the coronavirus response at the White House, proposing to work together to get the United States to reopen its borders to international travelers.
The newspaper The Washington Post reported that the businessmen expressed in the letter their expectation of agreeing on a plan on May 1 that could be implemented next summer.
The Joe Biden government keeps the borders closed to travelers from Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 European countries.