Travelers from China | Demand for COVID-19 tests based “only on science”, Washington assures

(Washington) Washington’s requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test at the country’s borders for travelers coming from China is “only based on science”, the spokesman for the US diplomacy assured on Tuesday.

“It’s an approach based only on science,” Ned Price of the US State Department told reporters.

The comments came in response to those, earlier by a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, who had deemed the restrictions taken by a dozen countries “unacceptable” and “left without scientific basis”.

From 5 January at 12:01 a.m. in Washington, “all air travelers 2 years of age and older arriving from China will be required to take a test no later than two days before departure,” regardless of nationality or status. vaccine, the US health authorities announced on December 28.

The United States has expressed particular concern that the rapid transmission of the virus in China will cause the emergence of new variants.

The measures “are based on public health concerns” due to “the explosion in the number of COVID-19 cases in China and the lack of sufficient and transparent sequence data from China”, Ned Price said on Tuesday.

The spokesman repeated Washington’s offer to share its COVID-19 vaccine doses with Beijing.

Negative results must be presented to airlines upon departure and PCR or antigen tests will be accepted along with proof of recovery from COVID-19 after testing positive more than 10 days prior to flight.

This decision follows similar announcements from several countries, including Japan, India and Italy, which have also imposed mandatory testing of Chinese arrivals.

China abruptly ended its “zero COVID-19” policy in December and has since seen an explosion in the number of cases among its 1.4 billion people. Hospitals and crematoria are overwhelmed, and residents report a shortage of fever medicine.

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