Ban the ban on journey from South Africa and reinstate restrictions on Brazil and the UK

The move comes after Biden’s chief medical officer Anthony Fauci warned that new, more infectious strains of Covid in South Africa and Brazil could reduce the effectiveness of the two vaccines administered in the United States

No Exemptions for Airlines: The White House official also confirmed that the administration would not allow airlines to make exemptions from a separate mandate due to go into effect this week. All international travelers are required to provide proof of a negative Covid test before boarding the flight.US Airlines had requested temporary exemptions that allowed them to carry some travelers from countries with limited testing capacity.

However, CDC officials told Reuters that they would be considering humanitarian exemptions for some travelers on a case-by-case basis.

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