Why are some people vaccinated against COVID-19 unable to travel to the United States?
Because they may not be vaccinated with FDA or World Health Organization-recognized vaccinations.
With the lifting of travel restrictions overseas in November, the United States required adults traveling to the country to be fully vaccinated with vaccines approved or cleared by the FDA or cleared by the WHO.
Among the most widely used vaccines that do not meet these criteria are the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and the Chinese CanSino vaccine. Sputnik V is approved for use in over 70 countries, while CanSino is approved in at least nine countries. WHO is still awaiting additional data on both vaccines before making a decision.
FDA and WHO approved vaccines go through rigorous testing and validation to determine if they are safe and effective. Among the vaccines used internationally, experts say, some will likely not be recognized by the agencies.
“Not all of them will be evaluated in clinical trials with the necessary rigor,” said Dr. William Moss, executive director of the Johns Hopkins International Center for Vaccine Access.
An exception to US regulations is for people who received the complete Novawax vaccine series at a later stage in the study. The US accepts participants who received the vaccine, not the placebo, because it was a rigorous study overseen by an independent review board.
The United States also allows entry to people who have received two doses of any combination of vaccines listed by the FDA and WHO.
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