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U.S. to drop COVID testing for incoming international air travelers

Good news for international air travelers!A spraypainted picture of a mask in black and "COVID-19" spray painted on a wall. Text above says, "Tests not required - Masks still required." The Lentini globe is in the bottom right-hand corner.

According to this Reuters article, the US has decided to drop the requirement for incoming international air travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test.  This move ends a 17-month requirement.

According to a statement from the Center for Disease Control:

…We know that the now-dominant Omicron variant, though more transmissible than prior variants, has generally caused less severe disease among those infected. COVID-19 vaccination still remains an effective measure to prevent medically significant disease, hospitalizations, and deaths…Therefore, based on these considerations, I (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra) have concluded that continuation of the Order is not currently necessary. There being no operational need to delay implementation of this rescission for more than a short period of time, it shall take effect for all aircraft departing from their point of origin on or after Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)… (read the whole rescission)

The CDC will reassess the decision in 90 days, an administration official said.