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Canada U.S. to accept mixed COVID-19 vaccine doses for international travellers, CDC says

04:10  16 october  2021
04:10  16 october  2021 Source:   globalnews.ca

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The White House said Friday the new vaccine requirements for foreign nationals traveling to the United States will begin Nov. 8 for visitors crossing at land borders as well as international air travelers . Representative Brian Higgins, a New York Democrat representing a district along the Canadian border, had on Friday asked the CDC if it would accept the mixed vaccine doses noting "nearly four million Canadians, equivalent to 10% of their fully vaccinated population, have received mixed doses of the available mRNA COVID - 19 vaccines – this includes the AstraZeneca vaccine ."

A CDC spokesperson says that eased travel restrictions in November will add AstraZeneca’ s Vaxzevria and Covishield brands to that list; they have been administered in Canada, India, the EU, and several African countries, among others. But it’ s still not clear if combinations of any of those vaccines will be accepted . Countries that have administered Covid - 19 vaccines in mixed doses are allowing international travelers who received their shots in a similar manner. The UK, for example, specified that it will recognized mixed doses in updated travel guidelines that come into effect Oct.

Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. © Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press Vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines sit empty on the counter at the Junction Chemist Pharmacy, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021.

The U.S. will accept international travellers vaccinated with mixed doses of any FDA or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC says.

"Today CDC added language to our fully vaccinated guidance about the interpretation of vaccine records, including which vaccinations and what type will be accepted to be considered fully vaccinated," a statement from the disease control agency said Friday.

"It confirmed that individuals who have any combination of two doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 two-dose series are considered fully vaccinated."

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