Joe Biden will reinstate entry bans due to COVID-19
The president of the United States Joe Biden, will restore the prohibition of entry to the country of people from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, reported two sources close.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also confirmed that South Africa will be included on the list because a new variant of the virus was detected in that country.
America's top communicable disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Biden's decision was prudent.
We are concerned about the mutation of the virus that has been detected in South Africa, Fauci said in an interview with the program "CBS This Morning."
The move is in effect a reversal of an order issued by Donald Trump in his last days as president. Trump's order coincided with instructions from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bar entry to anyone from abroad unless they showed a negative COVID-19 test made in the three days prior to boarding the flight.
The revocation of the measure had already been announced by Biden's associates, but the addition of South Africa to the list revealed the consternation in the government in the face of the mutation of the virus.
The South African variant has not been detected in the United States, but the British variant has been seen in several states of the country.
Fauci said there is a slight decrease in the efficacy of the vaccine over the newer variants, but that the vaccines that we have are effective enough that we consider them effective for both the British variant and the South African variant.
He cautioned that there is the possibility of new mutations, and that experts are developing antidotes to apply them if necessary.