Sputnik V and other banned travel vaccines


Since November, people vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V biologic will not be allowed to enter the United States, despite last week’s announcement that the doors were opened to all foreign travelers vaccinated against the coronavirus, easing restrictions for the first time since the pandemic began. 

 

This new rule excludes many people who are considered fully immunized, including millions who have received the two corresponding doses of the Russian vaccine.

 

Thousands of Russians, Turks, Arabs and Latin Americans from Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Venezuela could be directly affected, as this is one of the most widely applied vaccines in their countries. 

 

In 2019 only 300.000 Russians visited the United States, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

 

“This is a big problem for Russian travelers and for people from other countries who have received Sputnik V”, said Judyth Twigg, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who tracks public health in Russia.

 

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, which was the fund behind Sputnik V, said in a statement that the vaccine “not only has been approved in 70 countries where more than 4 billion people live, or more than half of the world’s population, but its efficacy and safety have been confirmed both during clinical trials and throughout its real-world use in several countries”.

 

Unlike other countries, the United States had no general restrictions on travel from Russia prior to this announcement, meaning that all travelers from the country who tested negative for coronavirus could enter, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. 

The Sinovac problem

The Russian vaccine is not the only one with bans on entry to other countries. Sinovac, the Chinese-designed biologic, has bans in some European Union countries, despite being endorsed by WHO from the start of its commercialization.  

 

To this day, the vaccines endorsed for access to some of the 27 countries of the European bloc and to Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein are those of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). 

 

It is not mandatory, but individuals with vaccines used in the EU (Sputnik V in Hungary) or approved by the WHO (SINOVAC and SINOPHARM) can be accepted. 





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After being banned on Alaska Airlines, state senator excused for travel challenges


After being suspended earlier this year from flying on Alaska Airlines, state lawmaker Lora Reinbold said she’s now having troubles reaching the capital to vote. 

Last week the Republican senator requested an excusal from the state Senate through Jan. 15, citing the challenges of traveling to Juneau from Anchorage. Having been flying Delta, she said she was unaware of any other airline flying to the state capital during that period.

Juneau is accessible by air or water, including via the state-run ferry system.

“Maybe it’s time to proceed on moving the legislature to the road system,” Reinbold wrote on Facebook Thursday. “If the only airline, that has flights during session to Juneau, can unconstitutionally impede a legislator’s ability to get to the Capital in a safe and timely fashion, it could undermine our representative republic.”

Lawmakers are in their third special session of the year, which is due to end Tuesday unless legislators finish earlier. It’s not clear if any other special sessions will be held before the next regular session begins in January.

Her excusal request was accepted by the Republican-led Senate without any objections.

Back in April, Alaska Airlines banned Reinbold from their flights for refusing to follow mask requirements. 

Reinbold had been recorded in Juneau International Airport arguing with Alaska Airlines staff about mask policies. A video posted to social media appears to show airline staff telling Reinbold her mask must cover her nose and mouth.

Alaska Airlines in April said in a statement at the time that Reinbold was not allowed to fly with the carrier “for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy.” 

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Delta Air Lines provides seasonal service to and from Juneau, which the company said began in late May this year and ended this weekend.

Additionally, Reinbold said the ferry schedule is limited and she doesn’t want to hold up legislative proceedings if she cannot reach Juneau “in a timely fashion.”

Following her suspension in April, Reinbold drove through part of Canada and took a ferry to reach the capital, a two-day trip.

If there is another special session, Reinbold, who is from Eagle River, said that session should be held in a community that is connected to Alaska’s main road system. Eagle River is part of the Municipality of Anchorage.

Reinbold has been critical of masking rules, including at the state Capitol.

“If accommodations can be made for efficient and safe transportation opportunities, I plan to be in Juneau for special session for significant votes,” she said.

On Thursday, airline spokesperson Tim Thompson told the Associated Press in an email that Reinbold’s case “was reviewed earlier this year and she was notified of the outcome. Nothing has changed with her status from earlier this year.”

Reinbold in response to emailed questions told the Associated Press that she had been in compliance and called the ban political.

This story was reported from Detroit. The Associated Press contributed.



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After being banned on Alaska Airlines, state senator excused for travel challenges


After being suspended earlier this year from flying on Alaska Airlines, state lawmaker Lora Reinbold said she’s now having troubles reaching the capital to vote. 

Last week the Republican senator requested an excusal from the state Senate through Jan. 15, citing the challenges of traveling to Juneau from Anchorage. Having been flying Delta, she said she was unaware of any other airline flying to the state capital during that period.

Juneau is accessible by air or water, including via the state-run ferry system.

“Maybe it’s time to proceed on moving the legislature to the road system,” Reinbold wrote on Facebook Thursday. “If the only airline, that has flights during session to Juneau, can unconstitutionally impede a legislator’s ability to get to the Capital in a safe and timely fashion, it could undermine our representative republic.”

Lawmakers are in their third special session of the year, which is due to end Tuesday unless legislators finish earlier. It’s not clear if any other special sessions will be held before the next regular session begins in January.

Her excusal request was accepted by the Republican-led Senate without any objections.

Back in April, Alaska Airlines banned Reinbold from their flights for refusing to follow mask requirements. 

Reinbold had been recorded in Juneau International Airport arguing with Alaska Airlines staff about mask policies. A video posted to social media appears to show airline staff telling Reinbold her mask must cover her nose and mouth.

Alaska Airlines in April said in a statement at the time that Reinbold was not allowed to fly with the carrier “for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy.” 

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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: Alaska Airlines Airbus A321-253N takes off at Los Angeles international Airport on September 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

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Delta Air Lines provides seasonal service to and from Juneau, which the company said began in late May this year and ended this weekend.

Additionally, Reinbold said the ferry schedule is limited and she doesn’t want to hold up legislative proceedings if she cannot reach Juneau “in a timely fashion.”

Following her suspension in April, Reinbold drove through part of Canada and took a ferry to reach the capital, a two-day trip.

If there is another special session, Reinbold, who is from Eagle River, said that session should be held in a community that is connected to Alaska’s main road system. Eagle River is part of the Municipality of Anchorage.

Reinbold has been critical of masking rules, including at the state Capitol.

“If accommodations can be made for efficient and safe transportation opportunities, I plan to be in Juneau for special session for significant votes,” she said.

On Thursday, airline spokesperson Tim Thompson told the Associated Press in an email that Reinbold’s case “was reviewed earlier this year and she was notified of the outcome. Nothing has changed with her status from earlier this year.”

Reinbold in response to emailed questions told the Associated Press that she had been in compliance and called the ban political.

This story was reported from Detroit. The Associated Press contributed.



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Ali Arnison claimed she and her family were unable “to escape” the crowds in the seaside town. They had travelled more than 360 miles one way to visit the Cornish beaches last week but left early on Thursday. 

Writing on Facebook, the holidaymaker even told of her frustration at struggling to find tables at restaurants and buy food from supermarkets in the town. 

And she says Newquay should be on the banned UK travel list, along with the popular red and amber countries.

Had to come home early from Newquay. The place needs putting on the banned list of places to travel,” Ali wrote.

Cornwall Live reports Newquay’s Covid rate is double that of other parts of the county. 

Business leaders have argued this isn’t due to tourism though.

Ali said: “The restaurants are still packing people in. Ridiculously busy supermarkets with no staff and empty shelves.

“Even remote beaches were heaving, just no escape at all from the crowds. I feel so sorry for the locals.”

Cornwall residents have hit out at tourists recently, though, because of a spike in antisocial behaviour, including that of one dad who punched a street cleaner. Yobs hurled chairs, sun loungers and parasols into a hotel swimming pool in an “utterly disgusting” rampage last night.

But Kim Conchie, chief executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: “We mustn’t get to the situation in Wales in the 1970s where they burned down second homes. You can’t tar everyone with the same brush.

“Second home owners who are not buying their products and services from local people and not contributing to things like local shops and pubs, we are not happy with that.

“But Cornwall is leading the way with sustainable and regenerative tourism. We need to say that these people are welcome but this is how we want you to act – to support local businesses and services.”

Countries can join the UK government’s red and amber travel lists with little notice.

They were introduced earlier this year as the country started to open back up after lockdown.

Spain is now on the amber list but the government now advises returning tourists to use a PCR test, instead of choosing to use a lateral flow test on arrival.





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Travel update: Where we can go? Which countries have banned Brits? | Travel News | Travel


Last week the Government announced fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US would no longer have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival into the UK. This has encouraged the struggling travel industry that more restrictions could be lifted soon.

The UK might be keen to put pandemic restrictions behind it but other countries don’t seem so keen to ditch their travel restrictions.

Freedom Day marked the lifting of all legal restrictions in England as the country moved to the fourth and final stage of the Government’s road map.

The Government is facing mounting pressure from the travel sector to loosen rules around international travel too.

As the UK starts to open its doors to international travellers, which countries continue to ban Brits from entering?

READ MORE: Passenger Locator Form error could stop passengers from flying

According to Kayak, most people from the UK won’t be able to travel to 95 countries.

More than 126 countries have allowed Britons to enter with restrictions, such as being fully vaccinated or need to quarantine upon arrival.

The following 20 spots are among the 95 countries Brits won’t be able to jet off to:

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For the full lists of where we can and cannot go, head HERE.

Before you rush to book your holiday to any country on the UK’s green or amber lists, it’s essential to also check the restrictions around travel imposed by the country you intend to visit.

For example, although Columbia has opened its borders to Brits it remains on the UK’s red list so you should not travel there.
Likewise, Bulgaria is on the UK’s green list but they have placed the UK on their red list, so they will not allow Brits to enter their borders at the moment.

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Travel update: Where we can go? Which countries have banned Brits? | Travel News | Travel


Last week the Government announced fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US would no longer have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival into the UK. This has encouraged the struggling travel industry that more restrictions could be lifted soon.

The UK might be keen to put pandemic restrictions behind it but other countries don’t seem so keen to ditch their travel restrictions.

Freedom Day marked the lifting of all legal restrictions in England as the country moved to the fourth and final stage of the Government’s road map.

The Government is facing mounting pressure from the travel sector to loosen rules around international travel too.

As the UK starts to open its doors to international travellers, which countries continue to ban Brits from entering?

READ MORE: Passenger Locator Form error could stop passengers from flying

According to Kayak, most people from the UK won’t be able to travel to 95 countries.

More than 126 countries have allowed Britons to enter with restrictions, such as being fully vaccinated or need to quarantine upon arrival.

The following 20 spots are among the 95 countries Brits won’t be able to jet off to:

DON’T MISS: 

For the full lists of where we can and cannot go, head HERE.

Before you rush to book your holiday to any country on the UK’s green or amber lists, it’s essential to also check the restrictions around travel imposed by the country you intend to visit.

For example, although Columbia has opened its borders to Brits it remains on the UK’s red list so you should not travel there.
Likewise, Bulgaria is on the UK’s green list but they have placed the UK on their red list, so they will not allow Brits to enter their borders at the moment.





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Golden Globes jury banned from accepting gifts and travel


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is trying to restructure in the face of widespread criticism of diversity and transparency.

The exclusive group, made up of about 80 film journalists, has been accused of using the prestige associated with being nominated or winning a Golden Globe to gain privileged access and privileged access to the stars of the American film industry.

Under the new “gifts, travel, and conflict of interest policies,” HFPA members “cannot accept promotional materials or other gifts from studios, advertisers, actors, directors, or other persons associated with films and television programmes.”

“The Association of Foreign Journalists remains dedicated to the transformational change it outlined in the reform plan and timetable for May,” the group said in a statement to AFP. “Yesterday, the organization put in place new major measures to advance reform.”

Among the reforms mentioned, the organization established a complaints hotline (which will be investigated by an independent group), approved a new code of conduct and hired Diversity, Equality and Inclusion advisors.

The Golden Globes are considered one of the most important Hollywood awards, but their future has come into question. A letter signed by more than 100 industry professionals called on the HFPA in March to end “discriminatory behaviour, a lack of professionalism and ethics, and alleged financial corruption.” These issues added to earlier criticisms of the Time’s Up movement for gender equality.

Celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo found the reforms promoted by Golden Globe organizers slow and inadequate, while Tom Cruise returned his three awards in protest. Powerful studios such as Warner Bros, Netflix and Amazon have announced that they will not work with the HFPA until more significant changes are made.

In May, NBC canceled its broadcast of next year’s concert. Last month, two members resigned in protest of the association’s “toxic environment”.

“We will continue to update the industry on the progress we have made as we vote on new bylaws that will create an inclusive, diverse, and accountable organization that our members, stakeholders, and partners will be proud of,” the Hollywood Association of Foreign Journalists noted.



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The US Has Banned Travel to Belarus


Following the forced landing of Ryanair flight 4978 that held Belrusian journalist Raman Pratasevich in Belarus, leading to the journalist’s arrest within the country back in May, the United States has imposed a ban on all air travel between the two countries.

According to The Associated Press, the Department of Transportation issued the ban yesterday, Tuesday July 6th, after having requested it the week before. The order bans airlines from selling tickets between the two countries and prohibits almost all travel, besides travel for humanitarian and national security reasons.

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Ryanair flight 4978 flew from Athens heading towards Vilnius, Lithuania, but it was forced to land in Minsk when Belarusian officials learned that journalist Raman Pratasevich was aboard. He was arrested and faces up to 15 years in prison for what the country claims were actions that incited riots.

President Biden and other global leaders have called for an international investigation into the incident. It is unclear when the United States will cease the ban on travel into Belarus.

The Department of State’s country-specific page on Belarus, which is classed as a Level 4 travel advisory risk, said, “Belarusian authorities have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with opposition parties and alleged participation in political demonstrations. U.S. citizens in the vicinity of the demonstrations have been arrested. Some have been victims of harassment and/or mistreatment by Belarusian officials.”





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Why California Banned State-Funded Travel to Florida and Elsewhere


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California has banned state-funded travel in response to anti-LGBTQ legislation in Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, officials said Monday.

“There was a coordinated attack on basic civil rights,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said at a news conference. “It means aligning our dollars with our values.”

I have it now 17 states Banned by California, including Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

A law approved by the state legislature in 2016 would add states to California if they enact legislation that discriminates against or removes the protection of people based on gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Mandatory. It was enacted in a backlash against the state that lawmakers were trying to pass.Bathroom invoiceThis is to prevent transgender people from using toilets that match their gender identity.

Bonta, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Progressive AlliesSaid that a “wave of new discriminatory bills” is sweeping the country and needs to be taken.

California State Legislature Evan Low, who wrote the ban, said he intended to keep state legislatures safe and protected from potentially discriminatory situations.

“Current culture war is not a game,” he said.

In 2017, Low acknowledged: Banning state-funded travel to Texas was largely symbolic.. Still, he said this week he hopes the California move will encourage big companies to follow suit.

Authorities did not say how much money the state had withheld as a result of the ban, and the law firm said it was not tracking anything related to the law beyond the state list.

But a researcher at Richard C. Aucie, Tax Policy Center, Said that the amount may be relatively small, but the effect can snowball.

He quoted the North Carolina “Bathroom Bill.” Protested the public In addition to a travel ban like California, the NCAA and NBA protested and moved the tournament, with performers refusing to gig there. The law was abolished and the state Governor was partially banished for frustration with the economic collapse.

The question is how well state legislators will respond to the financial hardships of local businesses and governments trying to deceive visitors lost during a pandemic.

“All these cities are anxious for people to come back, go to bars, go to events,” says Auxier. As a result, local tourism groups and businesses are hurt and oppose their leaders if other organizations get clues from California.

“‘Does it work?’ It’s a huge political issue,” he said.

13-year-old Ryland Whittington from San Diego, who was invited by officials to speak at a press conference on Monday, said his ability to feel safe, play sports and take care of what he needed was not political. He lives.

“Being transgender is just one part of who I am,” he said. “I know I’m lucky to live in California.”

He called on lawmakers to “give all children the opportunity to be happy and healthy and to live their lives in freedom and peace.”

For many:


This year, the biggest pride parade was canceled due to a pandemic across California. But thousands of LGBTQ Californians are celebrating in different ways, big and small.

Hundreds of drinkers just last weekend I landed at Dolores Park in San Francisco..

And in Los Angeles, Boyle Heights hosted the first Orgullo Fest. The organizers said they hope to be home to the Latinx LGBTQ community in Los Angeles.

“Bienvenido sacasa”, the organizer of the pride event, Luis Octavio, Told the Los Angeles Times.. “You no longer have to leave the community to celebrate yourself.”

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