WASHINGTON – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added 16 additional travel destinations around the world that the agency says pose a “very high” COVID-19 risk.
Above all, the health agency asks that all travelers be fully vaccinated before even considering international travel.
On Monday, the CDC added the following destinations to its list of “very high” risks of COVID-19: Ireland, Saint Martin, Kazakhstan, Andorra, Curacao, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Iran, Isle of Man, US Virgin Islands , Libya, Saint BarthÃ©lemy, Lesotho, Martinique, Malta.
The CDC says fully vaccinated travelers are “less likely to contract and spread COVID-19,” but international travel carries additional risks due to the risk of carrying and spreading variants of COVID-19.
As of Tuesday, more than 60 destinations were on the CDC’s “very high” COVID-19 list. Some of the other destinations that were already on the list before this week include Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Madagascar, Portugal, Spain, UK and more.
On Tuesday, the White House said the United States had donated and shipped more than 110 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 60 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia.
Biden promised that the United States would be the âvaccine arsenalâ for the world. The 110 million doses, delivered largely through a vaccination program known as COVAX, is a fraction of what is needed globally.
The White House said the United States would begin shipping the half-billion doses of Pfizer vaccine it promised to 100 low-income countries in late August.