The change ends more than 18 months of restrictions that left families separated from loved ones and cost the global travel industry hundreds of billions of dollars.
The global tally of confirmed cases of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 topped 250 million on Monday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, as the U.S. reopened to vaccinated travelers from 33 countries after 18 months of restrictions.
Around 70% of healthcare workers in U.S. hospitals were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of September 15, according to the CDC study, with higher rates found among workers in children’s hospitals and urban areas.
Pediatricians say cases in children in the United States have risen by 32 percent from about two weeks ago, amid a rush to inoculate them ahead of the winter holiday season.
Disney has paused its vaccine mandate for Walt Disney World employees after a new Florida law barring workplace vaccine mandates. Meanwhile, new discussion on the definition of "fully vaccinated."
Rallies were planned on Saturday in Vienna, one day after a demonstration in the Netherlands turned violent. In Australia, demonstrators in Melbourne waved national flags and chanted, “No more mandates.”
The past couple of months have been difficult for the state as cases rose rapidly, plateaued and are now rising again. In Germany, lawmakers consider new restrictions as case numbers balloon.
Efforts to block or hobble the federal mandate on private business are also ongoing at the state level.
"About 18,000 Dade high school students not currently immunized against measles, mumps and other diseases could be banned from school until they get their shots."
Most of the 33 previously banned countries are in Europe, a region the WHO recently declared as the latest “epicenter” of the pandemic.
Pfizer has asked the U.S. to approve its new COVID-19 antiviral pills as the FDA decides whether to give the green light to a booster rollout for all American adults. Follow Newsweek's liveblog for all the latest.
Coronavirus Update: U.S.’s death toll in 2021 exceeds that of pre-vaccines 2020