U.S. to update its decisions on alien entry and COVID vaccine recognition

U.S. authorities will update their decisions on mandatory vaccination of foreigners wishing to visit the United States, as well as on recognition of specific Coronavirus drugs in the country, closer to the beginning of November. White House press secretary Jen Psaki made the announcement at a regular Oct. 4 briefing.

“Closer to November we will have an update on our regulations for international travel. Early November is still the time frame that we are focused on,” she said.

On Sept. 28, The Washinton Post published an article stating that beginning in November, U.S. authorities could block entry into the country to citizens of other nations vaccinated against the coronavirus with Russia’s Sputnik V. As noted, under these requirements, foreigners wishing to enter America must be vaccinated with drugs approved by either U.S. authorities or the WHO.

On the same day, chairman of the VII State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Leonid Slutsky called discriminatory the alleged decision of U.S. authorities not to let foreigners vaccinated with Sputnik V vaccine enter the country.

In turn, the Russian embassy in the U.S. said that Washington made no decision to restrict the entry of citizens vaccinated with the Russian vaccine.

On September 7, Marco Cavalieri of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that the regulator had not yet given a date for approval of Sputnik V and Chinese Sinovac in the EU. He said the agency needs more information on the vaccines.

On August 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed to the politicized nature of the delay in registration of Russian vaccines in the West. According to him, the European Commission is not going to do anything until Sputnik V is registered by the WHO.