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British Transport Minister defends French visitors quarantined

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The British Transport Minister defended the country’s decision to continue the quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated French visitors, saying they did not want to risk the chance to halt their COVID-19 vaccination program.

In an interview, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said Britain did not want to take chances with the progress of its vaccination program. He said the presence of the beta variant of the coronavirus causing COVID-19, originally identified in South Africa and now in France, has led Britain to be cautious.

Shapps is responding to comments made on Thursday by French Foreign Minister Clement Beaune, who saw Britain’s policies as ‘discriminatory and incomprehensible’. Britain announced on Wednesday that it was lifting the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and the European Union, except France.

Beaune argued that the beta strain accounts for less than 5% of COVID-19 cases in France, and mostly in overseas areas from which relatively few people have traveled to Britain.

In its interview on Friday, Shapp insisted that the beta variant be limited not only to remote French island territories, but also in northern France.

But he added that he was in talks with his French counterpart, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari. They agree that every country should look at the data and follow science.

Shapp said this is what they’re currently doing – check out the latest data on where the beta variant is going. He said the plan now is to review the decision on France next week.

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