US President Joe Biden’s government is setting up expert groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to determine how to safely resume work Travel A White House official said, Tuesday, that foreigners are after 15 months of restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Another US official said the government would not move quickly to suspend decrees that prevent much of the world from entering the United States because of the time the groups would take to do their jobs.
“While we are not reopening travel today, we hope that these expert working groups will help us use our collective knowledge to chart a way forward, with the goal of reopening international travel with our key partners when it is determined that it is safe to do so,” the White House official said.
“Any decision will be entirely guided by an objective analysis and recommendations from medical and public health experts,” the source said. The groups will lead the White House’s Covid-19 response team, the National Security Council, and will include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other agencies.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control said it would ease travel recommendations to 110 countries and territories, including Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Africa and Iran.
The travel restrictions are subject to “interagency conversations, and we’re looking at real-time data to see how we should proceed,” said Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.