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- Nearly 17 percent of the United States has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and one-third have received at least one dose.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel.
- The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is rising again, leading to concerns of a fourth wave.
As experts warn of a fourth wave in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying that more than 56 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated can safely travel again.
Nearly 17 percent of the United States has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and one-third have received at least one dose, still less than halfway to what most public health experts say qualifies as herd immunity. As states continue reopening, however, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is rising again in some parts of the country.
The new guidelines say travelers who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine do not need to self-quarantine or get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it, but still wear a mask and practice preventative practices.
The airline industry has taken a major hit due to the pandemic, which brought nearly all travel to a halt and led to mass layoffs in the industry. But by the end of the year and into 2021, airports were seeing some of the busiest days since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The new guidance comes days after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky pleaded with Americans to continue COVID-19 mitigation practices, "for the sake of our nation's health.”
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