The USA and the A-Z vaccine

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There are rumours that, next week, the British government will announce that those people who have been double vaccinated will not have to go into quarantine when returning from a country on the amber list.

If true this will considerably expand the number of countries to which about 55% of Britons could go.

But one country on that list is the USA, a place where, in pre pandemic days, about 3,800,000 of us would visit each year. But the US still hasn’t authorised the Astra-Zenica (A-Z) vaccine for use in the country just BioNTech-Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

Image c. Astra Zenica

This is despite the fact that it has a stock of the A-Z vaccine in the country and that it has donated supplies to other countries for them to use.

Will the USA recognise that we have had jabs or will they insist on other measures?

Since the middle of March, anyone having been in the UK during the previous fourteen days has been effectively banned from entering the USA, largely because of the delta and other variants.

But considerable pressure by American tourist authorities and the travel industry has been put on the American government to allow a travel bubble between the UK and the USA.

At present, those that are alloowed entry must have had a PCr test within 72 hours or a certificate showing recover from COVID-19. there is nothing about vaccination that I can see on the US government’s site.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is the US government body advising the government on the pandemic says on its website that for domestic travel ie within the USA, “People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States.”  The WHO authorises A-Z vaccine so if American residents can access it they can travel within the country.

So why isn’t it accepted for travel into the USA?

Because it is not authorised.

That authorisation was expected at the end of June and there is still no sign of when authorisation might be given.

As well as pushing for a travel corridor, US travel organisations should also push for the A-Z vaccine to be authorised a good couple of weeks before Britons might be allowed entry.

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