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Posted: Friday, October 8, 2021. 9:07 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: United States will accept all six WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccines for international visitors said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, according to Reuters.

Last month, the United States said that it would be lifting travel restrictions for visitors flying in from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil, and most of Europe. However, as of November, the US said it will only allow entry to foreigners who are fully vaccinated.

Though recently news circulated that the US would accept vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, it was not until today that the CDC made the announcement that the vaccines to be accepted for entry into the US are not only the ones approved by US regulators but all the WHO-approved vaccines.

Belizeans vaccinated with AstraZeneca and Sinopharm had expressed concern that they may not have been allowed entry into the US come November, but now that the announcement has been made, they will breathe a sigh of relief as all vaccines being used in Belize are on the WHO list.

The WHO-authorized list is comprised of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, AstraZeneca, Covishield from the Serum Institute of India (which is also the second AstraZeneca vaccine), and Sinopharm.

The CDC said it had already informed the airlines so that they would prepare their systems.

That means that people vaccinated with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and other vaccines that have not yet been authorized for emergency use by WHO will not be allowed entry into the United States in November.

The CDC said it would release additional guidance and information as the travel requirements are finalized.

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