[Ed. – The problem with 2021 is that we can no longer assume this is a good-faith decision. Reportedly, we’re accepting two Chinese vaccines. The WHO is apparently happy with them, but not with the Russian Sputnik. This is the same WHO that colluded with China to lie to the world about the early origins and human transmissibility of COVID-19, which doesn’t give one a warm, fuzzy feeling.]
Why it matters: Sputnik V’s exclusion will mean millions of fully vaccinated individuals won’t be eligible to travel to the U.S., per the Post.
- It will also have a wider international impact, as Russia has plans to distribute its vaccine to around 70 countries.
Non-citizens entering the country must be inoculated with vaccines approved for emergency use by either the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization, per the Post.
These include the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines used widely in the U.S., as well as the AstraZeneca vaccine. It also includes the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines developed by China.