Biden officials think they want a Covid-19 vaccine and a search for international tourists after the US reopened broad borders that barred large numbers of immigrants from traveling to the US, a senior White House adviser said.
Jeffrey Zients, co-ordinator of the White House coronavirus, said on Wednesday that due to the recent increase in Covid-19 cases, current travel restrictions would remain in place until authorities put in place a “new system” to control foreign travel.
The program will include the important role of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We will also keep track of communications so that the CDC can follow up on immigrants and those around them if anyone is exposed to Covid-19,” Zients said, “and we are examining the need for immunizations for immigrants to the United States.”
Zients spoke to a panel advising Business Secretary Gina Raimondo on issues affecting tourism and the U.S. tourism industry.
The US is currently blocking large numbers of non-Americans visiting China, India, the United Kingdom, most of Europe, Brazil and other countries in the last 14 days. Airlines and other tourism companies have forced management to reduce restrictions, especially on UK tourists.
Separately, Anthony Fauci, a leading expert in the government of infectious diseases, said he would support the proposal to vaccinate people on domestic flights.
The aviation industry strongly opposes this requirement, saying it could be difficult to implement and could lead to long queues at airports. Industrial authorities say that it would be unfair to dismiss passengers with work that would not affect travelers by train, bus, or car.