August 11, 2021 (Newswire.com) –
APEX (Airline Passenger Expertise Affiliation), the most important worldwide airline affiliation devoted to passengers and advancing their expertise, demanded in the present day that america instantly finish its blockade of vaccinated worldwide vacationers from Europe. This follows the Biden administration indicating two weeks in the past that such a consideration was underway, however an pressing deadline now looms. America should now reciprocate earlier than Europe’s doorways are closed to vaccinated People, as hinted ultimately week by the European Fee President.
With none vaccination requirement, international nationals from 160 international locations might enter the U.S. after COVID-19 testing or with 90-day proof of COVID-19 restoration. In stark distinction, vaccinated and examined international nationals from European nations are banned from flying into america with out extraordinary particular exceptions. A European nationwide might fly to a nation with a lot greater COVID-19 an infection charges, await 14 days, after which enter america after testing. The present U.S. strategy defies the scientific logic touted by the administration, the Facilities for Illness Management, and the World Well being Group.
“Vaccinated airline passengers from Europe now come universally from international locations with decrease per-capita COVID-19 than america. These vaccinated and COVID-19 detrimental examined passengers have been needlessly being turned away by america for a lot too lengthy,” APEX CEO Dr. Joe Chief acknowledged. “These insurance policies have been initially put in place to guard america in a world with variants that had not reached our shores for a nation with out enough vaccines. Now, america has hit its acknowledged goal of over 70% of adults vaccinated with their first shot. People are welcome to increasingly international locations worldwide. America should reciprocate instantly by reopening its borders to Europe.”
In a letter to President Biden, APEX cited that refusing entry to completely vaccinated vacationers goes instantly towards Facilities for Illness Management steering: “People who find themselves totally vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine licensed for emergency use by the World Well being Group can journey safely inside america.” These embrace European international locations with considerably decrease per capita COVID-19 charges than america, together with Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Eire, Italy (together with Vatican Metropolis), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, and the UK.
As APEX CEO Dr. Joe Chief acknowledged within the letter to President Biden, “With our nation having reached over 70% of adults vaccinated, we all know that welcoming totally vaccinated people from Europe which are moreover examined previous to entry solely strengthens your administration’s message: vaccination supplies all of us extra freedom.”
Beneath Part 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Former President Trump in March 2020 used his authority to guard People from COVID-19 variants that had not but reached america. On April 29, 2021, India was added by President Biden to the checklist of banned international locations for the B.1.617 “Delta” variant. Regardless of the blockade of international vacationers from India, the variant has develop into dominant in america. As APEX indicated in its letter to President Biden, the earlier 212(f) protecting orders every had been designed for variants which have reached america and have unfold regardless of the shortage of international nationals touring from these international locations.
“America continues to face as a beacon of hope and freedom all over the world. That features a vibrant home air journey market that has rebounded to completely get well from the results of COVID-19,” APEX CEO Dr. Joe Chief acknowledged. “In our 42-year historical past, APEX efficiently advocated for passengers and inspired the reversal of a Presidential coverage solely as soon as earlier than, when a passengers electronics ban occurred in 2017. We name upon President Biden to instantly modify the Part 212(f) acts to permit the lawful entry of property vaccinated and COVID-19 examined international nationals from Europe.”
APEX has led in worldwide airline well being security really useful pointers since February 2020, supplied the primary airline affiliation CEO testimony to the U.S. Congress on COVID-19 in early March 2020 after which superior APEX Well being Security powered by SimpliFlying in advancing “hospital-grade” requirements with airways worldwide. For extra info, please go to www.apex.aero.
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