Commerce Secretary Raimondo pushing to lift tough US travel restrictions

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WASHINGTON: US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said connected Monday (Jul 12) she is pressing for the easing of coronavirus restrictions that barroom overmuch of the satellite from traveling to the United States but that US health officials stay acrophobic astir much outbreaks.

Dozen of US business groups, lawmakers and officials from overseas governments are urging President Joe Biden's medication to unbend pugnacious restrictions enactment successful spot nether erstwhile President Donald Trump.

"We're moving it," Raimondo told Reuters successful an interrogation "I'm pushing truly hard."

She said she met with US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra connected Friday but had nary accusation connected erstwhile a determination could beryllium made.

"The CDC is nervous, and it's hard to cognize if radical are vaccinated," she said. "There's nary vaccine passport that's reliable, and that's benignant of a large hurdle."

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The White House says it is continuing discussions with the European Union, Britain, Canada and Mexico connected however to yet assistance restrictions, but US officials accidental they inactive person nary timetable and question manufacture officials deliberation the restrictions whitethorn not beryllium lifted until August oregon later.

The White House has repeatedly ruled retired a nationalist vaccine passport.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has joined Raimondo successful pushing for lifting restrictions, according to sources acquainted with the discussions, but others successful the medication stay disquieted that opening the doorway to much travellers from overseas could pb to increases successful COVID-19 corruption rates.

A spokeswoman for Becerra had nary contiguous remark connected the gathering with Raimondo.

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Airlines and others are urging the medication to assistance restrictions covering astir non-US citizens who person precocious been successful Britain, the 26 Schengen nations successful Europe without borderline controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

The United States besides bars non-essential travellers from crossing into the United States from the Canadian oregon Mexican onshore borders.

European diplomats and others reason that the database of countries with terrible question restrictions includes immoderate with debased corruption rates, portion others with precocious corruption rates, including Argentina, look nary restrictions.

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