US President Joe Biden will renew the COVID-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have recently been in the European Union, the UK, and Brazil, a senior White House official said Sunday. The ban will come into effect on Monday and will be extended to travelers who have been to South Africa, amid warnings that a new, more transmissible coronavirus variant was spreading in the US, the official said. Last week, Biden tightened mask-wearing rules and ordered mandatory quarantine for people flying into the United States. Former President Donald Trump had announced in the last days of his term that travel restrictions from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted. But the Biden administration said it would reverse the order. “We’re in a national emergency. It’s time we treated it like one,” Biden said on Thursday. Asia-Pacific Australia’s medical regulator formally authorized the use of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine to get the green light in the country. The first doses are expected to be administered in late February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Australia has an agreement for 10 million doses of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and an option to buy more if supplies… Read full this story
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