Joe Biden’s administration “at the moment” will maintain the current ban on traveling to the US for citizens of, inter alia, European Union countries – White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed. She cited the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus as the reason.
– The more contagious Delta variant is spreading both here and around the world. The Delta variant is increasing the number of new cases, especially among the unvaccinated, and looks set to continue to rise in the coming weeks, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Monday. In this way, it confirmed earlier unofficial information provided by the American media.
Just over a week ago, during the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington, President Joe Biden said that his administration was considering lifting the ban on travel to the US from the European Union, Great Britain and most countries of the world, established in March 2020.
The US will not open borders to Europeans
The administration of Joe Biden “at the moment” will maintain the current ban on traveling to the US for citizens of, among others, European Union countries – said Jen Psaki.
In June, the European Union allowed vaccinated Americans to travel. Soon after, representatives of the EU and the US, as well as Mexico, Canada and the UK, began working group talks to open the US borders. In the face of another wave of infection, Washington has halted plans to liberalize travel rules, despite weeks of lobbying from the tourism and airline industries.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the epidemic is worsening in almost all US states. Currently, there are almost 52 thousand new infections per day, almost threefold in the last 14 days.
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