Travel to US in November will be ‘safe’, says Dr Fauci
Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top medical adviser, gave his advice on travel between Ireland and the United States when it reopened in November.
The conditions for opening travel between Ireland and the United States “will be proof of vaccination, then also to be tested within a period before boarding the plane”, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to US President Joe Biden, told RTÉ This Week radio on Sunday.
Despite the “high infection dynamics in the United States”, Dr Fauci said he believed the country “was starting to see the start of a reversal in the number of cases.”
Dr Fauci said that with the timing of the end of the ban in early November coupled with the required proof of vaccination and testing, “it will be safe for Irish people to visit the United States.”
Asked about the “concerns” surrounding unvaccinated young children who board a plane to the United States in November, Dr Fauci said, “It all has to be placed in the context of your ability to take limited risk. All is relative. There are relative risks.
He continued, “There will be masking on the plane. Airplanes will generally be felt – given the HEPA filtering that takes place in airplanes – as reasonably safe.”
He added: “I think if our Irish friends and colleagues who come from Ireland to the United States, with the vaccination requirement, you could have a safe visit to the United States.”
On September 20, it was announced that the long-standing travel ban from Ireland to the United States for non-U.S. Citizens and non-residents would be lifted in November. While official details have yet to be announced, the new policy will only allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals who can produce a negative COVID test within a certain time frame before boarding a flight to enter the United States at from the beginning of November.
The travel ban was first instituted under President Trump in March 2020 and in January 2021 President Biden issued his own proclamation essentially extending the ban which provided exemptions for vaccinated travelers.
In recent months, US officials have come under increasing pressure to lift the travel ban as the EU, including Ireland, reopened to fully vaccinated US travelers. Irish Ambassador to the United States Daniel Mulhall said in August that the ongoing ban had “damaged relations.”
Elsewhere in his interview on RTE Radio, Dr Fauci said he hopes children in the United States can start getting vaccinated against COVID by this fall.
Noting that some 70 million people in the United States who are eligible for vaccination have not yet done so, Dr Fauci said, “We are trying very hard.
“It really depends on us. We need to move forward and get people vaccinated. We have the tools to prevent these numbers from rising dramatically. “
Dr Fauci called the misinformation and misinformation surrounding COVID vaccinations “very disruptive to a coherent public health effort to vaccinate the overwhelming majority of the population.”
“We have a real problem with the spread of disinformation and disinformation on social media. ”
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