Un alto funzionario dell'amministrazione ha confermato a Fox News giovedì che il requisito del test di 24 ore, che Biden ha annunciato ufficialmente all'inizio della giornata, entrerà in vigore lunedì. Tutti i viaggiatori, regardless of vaccination or citizenship status, will be subject to the changed regulation.
In precedenza, only the unvaccinated were required to show a negative test 24 hours prior to departure, while those that were vaccinated had to show a negative test within 72 ore.
The changes come as part of Biden’s winter plan to combat COVID-19 as cases of the Omicron variant were detected negli Stati Uniti. questa settimana.
“Experts say that COVID-19 cases will continue to rise in the weeks ahead this winter, and that we will see more omicron cases here in the United States in the days, weeks and months ahead. Our best scientists and doctors are on the case and gathering data, but early indications are that our vaccines will provide a measure of protection against this strain,” Biden said in an op-ed published in USA Today giovedi.
Biden also announced a campaign to continue encouraging Americans to get vaccinated or get booster shots if they have previously received the jab, expanding access to vaccines with more walk-in appointments and longer hours and weekend availability at vaccination sites.
The plan also calls for insurers to pay 100% of the cost of in-home testing kits, and they will be provided for free pickup for those who do not have private insurance.
“We are going to fight COVID-19 not with shutdowns or lockdowns – but with more widespread vaccinations, booster, testing and more,” Biden ha detto. “We will beat it back with science and speed, not chaos and confusion – just as we did in the spring and again with the more powerful delta variant in the summer and fall.”