Vaccinated travelers from overseas were allowed to enter the United States this week, leading to an excruciating 18-month wait and producing joyful reunions for thousands of people.
The opening of the country’s borders on Monday it should dramatically increase the influx of tourist money and provide some relief to a travel industry that has lost billions of dollars in the pandemic. Monday alone, over 200,000 internationally flyers arrived in the United States, according to Customs and Border Protection.
Every customs booth in San Ysidro, California, what busy? As visitors from Mexico crossed the border to reunite with relatives or seek medical attention. But in the north, there were concerns that the Canadian government’s entry requirement for a PCR test – more expensive and time-consuming than the rapid antigen test – may discourage some trips to Canada to the United States.
At the same time, the controversy over US mandates for Covid prevention measures continued. A federal appeals court supported a block the Biden administration’s vaccination mandate for large employers; the government should appeal. and 10 southern states The federal government on Wednesday on its vaccination mandate for healthcare workers.
The mandates of the masks had a mixed week in the courts. A federal judge ruled that Texas ban on mandates of masks in schools violated the rights of students with disabilities, while in Pennsylvania, a judge struck down a state mask mandate for grades K-12; remained in force pending appeal.
Pfizer asked the FDA on Tuesday to authorize booster doses of its vaccine for all ages 18 and over – an expansion of the current authorization for those over 65 and high-risk youth. The agency should accept the request, perhaps in time for vacation. Two states took this step this week before federal approval: Colorado Other California.
Meanwhile, the director-general of the World Health Organization said booster doses are six times higher were given around the world every day compared to primary doses in low-income countries, a situation he called “a scandal that must end now.” Countries like Germany, Israel, Canada and the United States have launched recall programs despite WHO objections.
Here’s what else happened this week:
The White House valued that nearly one million children between the ages of 5 and 11 had been vaccinated since last week’s authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group.
The New York Times looked into the existing data on the efficacy over time of vaccines authorized for use in the United States. The bottom line: their potency against infection wanes, to varying degrees, but the prevention of hospitalization and death remains strong.
Schools in much of the world have reopened, but in Uganda they mostly do so remains closed. Ten million primary and secondary school students are still at home and the long-term prospects are bleak. According to government estimates, nearly a third of the country’s students may never go back to school.
Cases have soared in Europe, responsible for more than half of the 48,000 global coronavirus deaths reported in the first week of this month, according to WHO The Netherlands set up a partial blockade, and Germany said it would resume the free test for all Other what a discussion the imposition of stricter rules. In Romania, the doctors were doing their best for fight disinformation and reverse the trend against vaccine hesitation.
A gradual eviction crisis is take place in communities in the United States, particularly in places where federal rental assistance has been slow and where tenant protections are scarce. Evictions increased by nearly 14% in the first two weeks of October compared to the first two weeks of the previous month.