Biden to Reject Trump’s Plan to Lift Some COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

United States President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman said that the incoming administration has no plan to lift international travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic despite an order from Lame Duck President Donald Trump.

United States President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman said that Biden’s administration has no plan to lift international travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic despite an order from Lame Duck President Donald Trump.

“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,”  Spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated in a tweet minutes after the White House issued a statement that said that Trump signed a proclamation to terminate travel restrictions from Europe and Brazil on Jan. 26, six days after Biden takes office.

“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” Psaki also said.

“In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Psaki further stated.

On Jan. 18, the White House stated that Trump ordered to lift the entry ban on the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Schengen Area of Europe, and Brazil starting on Jan. 26, the same day an order signed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will take effect, requiring most air travelers to provide a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to enter the U.S.

According to the proclamation, the travel restrictions would be lifted because the U.S. is confident that Europe and Brazil “will cooperate with the United States in the implementation of CDC’s January 12, 2021 order and that tests administered there will yield accurate results.”

Meanwhile, the travel bans on Iran and China would stay in place because they “repeatedly failed to cooperate… to share timely, accurate information about the spread of the virus,” which “casts doubts on their cooperation in implementing CDC’s January 12, 2021 order.”


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