New U.S. travel rule excludes those vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V
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.
State of play: According to the new rules, 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.
- The WHO has paused its review process of the Sputnik V vaccine over concerns about its manufacturing process, the Post notes.
The big picture: While addressing the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for the mutual recognition of vaccines by national oversight bodies.
- The Post notes that 300,000 Russians visited the U.S. in 2019, citing data from the U.S. Travel Association.