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The US Is Ending Its International Travel Ban For Fully Vaccinated People

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The Trump administration is ending its travel ban on eight countries where health agencies and non-profit groups had urged for vaccinations to be exempted from a travel ban.

“The executive order that terminated the public health exemption from the travel ban is no longer in effect,” an administration official said.

The Trump administration is strengthening the entry of children from an additional 16 countries and allowing them to enter the United States based on the level of their vaccinations.

Last year, the Trump administration revoked the public health exemption to the travel ban, which allows some health-care workers to enter the country. The public health exemption was first put in place after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

The eight countries whose visitors can continue to enter the United States are Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Somalia and Syria. The countries with fully vaccinated children are Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

“The USA continues to use the threat of disease to discriminate and secure entry into the country,” Dr. Adam B. Hanft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics said last year.

The executive order was signed by Trump at his Florida resort in April 2017.

The move came shortly after an 11-year-old Nigerian boy, brought to the United States by his family, became ill with chickenpox at his Chicago area school. Authorities said the family did not obtain health care in Africa.

Last year, about 650 children visiting the United States were exempt from the travel ban because of vaccinations, administration officials said.

The eight countries whose residents are now permitted to travel freely are:

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