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CDC Has No Plans to Lift Testing Protocols for International Travel

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CDC Testing Protocols

CDC Has No Plans to Lift Testing Protocols for International Travel

Coronavirus testing requirements for arriving international travelers are here to stay, at least for now. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it doesn’t plan to make any changes just yet.

CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told Yahoo Finance that the agency is optimistic COVID-19 cases will continue to decline, but that the agency will maintain current protocols due to the virus’ uncertainty.

The removal of testing requirement is expected to be a boost for international tourism. While the sector has rebounded since the height of the pandemic, it is still down 38 percent compared to 2019.

“We came down from a very high level and our hospitalizations right now are higher than they ever were during the peak of our Delta surge,” Walensky said. “So, while we will look down the field and say ‘what does this look like?’ and ‘how can we relax some of our mitigation strategies?’ first we always need to be prepared for what may come around the corner. Second, we’re not quite ready to do so yet.”

Some states have already begun lifting indoor mask mandates, and several countries removed coronavirus testing protocols for fully vaccinated international travelers. Travel associations in the U.S. have continued to push for the removal of these testing requirements as well, but is seems that they will be here to stay for at least a bit longer. The CDC has not provided a timeframe on when it could lift these requirements.

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  1. I think that most restrictions (including this one) will be gone by the summer. However, the CDC and Fauci will fight it tooth and nail. They don’t want to give up their moment in the sun, and they know that after their medical dictatorship collapses, no one will give a rip about them. Fauci and his cronies are like the nerds everyone picked on in school whoa are popular all of a sudden. They’ll have to be dragged out of this kicking and screaming, but Biden will overrule them in a futile effort to reduce the shellacking the Democrats will get in the midterms.

    • Alright calm down. Im not a big enough coward to admit that yes these testing strategies can help mitigate the virus. I mean who wants to sit on a plane next to possibly a sick/positive infected guy? That being said, id rather be able to conveniently travel than pouring literally a drop of water in the raging fire that is this pandemic. I’m vaccinated, and i wear a mask. I can take care of myself, its been 2 years lets move on. I’m not afraid to say that. Im not gonna make up BS stories about how the CDC and Fauci are evil terrible people, they are clearly doing what they think will help fight this virus…but the rest of us are not willing to make any more sacrifices and we shouldn’t be afraid to say it. Yes people will still get sick, oh well. Say it how it is, and lets not try to vilify people who have made it their lifelong careers to save lives.

  2. “Follow the Science, er, Power & Money” – every central government

    This is what we get when we give up our freedom. Pain.
    So much pain.

  3. This testing mandate accomplishes NOTHING. Unlike the Biden/ Harris clown show that turns everything they touch to human waste.It seems like only yesterday we had 1.5% inflation, $2 gas, a controlled southern border, criminals that were actually prosecuted, full shelves at stores, and statues of Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt to admire instead of street thugs.

  4. The headline is a little misleading. You try to make it sound like the testing will continue forever. Things change quickly and I don’t have a problem w the CDC being conservative. However I fully expect the requirements will be dropped in the next couple of months barring another COVID wave

  5. it doesn’t make any sense to test US citizens coming back to the US when the US is likely worse than wherever you are coming from! or at least it should be case by case.

  6. “Some states have already begun lifting indoor mask mandates….” Seriously……my state never had an indoor mask mandate, and many sates only had them for a relatively short time, long gone. Why does no one ever mention this? I find that fascinating. It’s like no one knows what is happening in the country when I read these stories.


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