Americans with 2 COVID vaccine doses can travel, CDC says

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The new guidance from the agency states that fully vaccinated Americans are exempt from Covid-19 tests before and after travel and do not have to quarantine "unless the destination requires it".

The vaccine supplies will be produced at Aspen Biopharama plant in South Africa. The ongoing research found the vaccine was 91.3% efficacious against the disease a half year after a second dose was administered.

Amid a fever-pitch race to immunize against concerning coronavirus variants - some of which have been shown to weaken the effectiveness of current vaccines - Pfizer and BioNTech said its inoculation was 100% effective in preventing new cases in South Africa, where the B.1.351 variant is widely circulating. Six of the nine cases were confirmed to be of the South African variant.

The workers also underwent antibody tests to gauge the response of their immune systems to the vaccinations.

Jacy Smith, of Shirley, says she thinks these updated guidelines will also make more people want to get vaccinated.

However, the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated travelers closely monitor their symptoms and isolate accordingly if symptoms develop.

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Pfizer's vaccine is already authorized for use in people starting at age 16.

'The vaccine elicits such high levels of antibodies that even when confronted with a variant. there's still meaningful protection, ' Hensley told CNN.

Professor Paul Moss, from the University of Birmingham and leader of the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, told a briefing he was surprised how well the vaccines have worked in older people.

"When we sent these samples to Porton Down they said "we can't give you results right now because we've got to dilute them because they're so high, they're off the scale".

But he added it will be crucial to see how long antibody levels are maintained after people have had a Covid-19 vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is planning its own pediatric studies.

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