The European Commission said on Tuesday (21) that America needed allow access The travelers were vaccinated with a dose of AstraZeneca, which has not yet been approved by the US regulatory agency.
In November, the US restricted his entry into the country. On Monday, the US government said it would allow entry until people were fully vaccinated.
However, it is not yet clear which vaccines the country’s officials will accept.
“We believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe,” European Commission spokesman Eric Mammer told a news conference.
“From our point of view, it obviously makes sense for people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca to be able to travel,” but he also said it is a decision for US officials.
The agency responsible for this issue in the US is the FDA (equivalent to Anvisa in Brazil). So far, the FDA has authorized vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The agency is still analyzing the AstraZeneca vaccine.
This vaccine has been approved by all 27 countries of the European Union. More than 70 million doses were administered.
The European Union has a list of origins of travelers who can enter the countries of the bloc. The US was recently removed from the list following an increase in the number of new cases.
Most European countries do not accept travelers who received vaccines that were not authorized by the bloc.
US approved vaccines
According to the White House, the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) will be consulted on which vaccinations will be accepted.
AstraZeneca batch with vaccines — Photo: Disclosure
Currently, the CDC considers “fully immunized” against COVID-19 those who took the vaccines approved for emergency use in the country: Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine).
- 2 weeks after the second dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines;
- 2 weeks after a single dose of Janssen vaccine.
hey CDC website about international travel Gives a warning and states that “the guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that are listed for emergency use”. World Health Organization (eg Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine)”.
Middle WHO-approved antibodies CoronaVac, a vaccine from Chinese manufacturer Sinovac, is produced and distributed in partnership with the Butan Institute in Brazil. But the CDC website does not mention CoronaVac or any other vaccine other than AstraZeneca.