No date set for lifting Biden’s travel ban on African nations over widespread Omicron – White House

Asked at a daily press briefing on Tuesday to provide an update on the travel restrictions on only African nations "given the widespread transmission in Europe and Omicron cases in the U.S.," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the process was still ongoing and there was no update on timing.

The United States government has not set any date for lifting the travel ban President Joseph R. Biden Jr. imposed on eight African nations on November 29 over the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the White House said on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden talks on the phone with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, R-Tenn., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) 
President Joe Biden talks on the phone with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, R-Tenn., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Asked at a daily press briefing on Tuesday to provide an update on the travel restrictions on only African nations “given the widespread transmission in Europe and Omicron cases in the U.S.,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the process was still ongoing and there was no update on timing.

She responded, “Well, the country-based restrictions were intended to be temporary to buy time, not a longer-term restrictions — not longer-term restrictions. 

“And as we said at the beginning, we’re going to look at a range of data, including our own. That process is still ongoing, and we’re watching three areas closely: vaccine effectiveness, transmissibility, and severity.  And we’ll continue to adapt our approach to travel restrictions as more data comes in.
 
“I don’t have any update today on the timing, but certainly, again, just to reiterate, our intention is not for these to be permanent, and we’re evaluating when we can lift them.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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