U.S. Will Accept WHO-approved Vaccines for International Visitors

The United States will accept the use by international visitors of COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late on Friday.

A CDC spokeswoman told Reuters Friday, “Six vaccines that are FDA authorized/approved or listed for emergency use by WHO will meet the criteria for travel to the U.S.”

That list of vaccines includes:

1.     Pfizer-BioNTech 

2.     AstraZeneca 

3.     Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) 

4.     Moderna-NIAID 

5.     Sinopharm BIBP

6.     Sinovac-CoronaVac 

Late Friday, the CDC said that “earlier this week, to help them prepare their systems we informed airlines” of the vaccines that would be accepted and added “CDC will release additional guidance and information as the travel requirements are finalized.”

Airlines for America, a trade group representing American Airlines Co, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others, said it was “pleased by the CDC’s decision to approve a list of authorized vaccinations for travellers entering the U.S. We look forward to working with the administration to implement this new global vaccine and testing framework by early November 2021.”

Nina Slawek


After decades of delivering marketing plans to airlines and ad agencies at an exorbitant salary, Nina decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of having her own business and working for nothing. As well as the pleasures of travelling, hobnobbing with industry leaders and glamorous appearances in the Open Jaw TV room, Nina has the additional joyful responsibilities of ensuring the financial stability of the company and managing the talented but eccentric Open Jaw team.

5 thoughts on “U.S. Will Accept WHO-approved Vaccines for International Visitors

  • 09.10.21 at 10:18 am

    Great news on the AstraZeneca. Has there been any clarification on mixed vaccines?

  • 09.10.21 at 11:33 am

    This is a badly written article. Firstly the 2nd paragraph contradicts the first. (The first one is correct). The 3rd paragraph is incorrect. The cruise lines sailing out of US ports have been accepting vaccines approved by WHO or CDC. That includes Astra Zeneca. Those with 2 doses of AZ have been able to cruise. What is NOT approved are the mixed AZ/mRNA vaccines, and at this point yet, they are still not approved. So cruising requirements out of US ports have not yet changed, and unless this is approved by the time the US implements vaccination requirements, those with mixed doses won’t be able to fly into the US any longer either. .

    • 09.10.21 at 11:45 am

      Hello there, the first 2 paragraphs are taken from the Reuters release. As to any other errors regarding double AstraZeneca dosing, allow us to investigate.

    • 09.10.21 at 12:33 pm

      What article are you reading? There is no contradiction, and this article makes no mention of cruising. Besides, cruise line restrictions are not the same as the White House’s nor CDC’s.
      I do admit that, like Blair here, my immediate first thought on this breaking news goes to the issue of mixed vaccines, and thereby to cruising too. But there is no sense in venting your frustration over mixed vaccines, not here nor yet – at least not until further specifics on this new framework are announced. In fact, on the surface, this brief hint at such changes and US acceptance is the best of all possible worlds: regardless of what vaccines the USA & CDC officially approve for Americans, this announcement will only encourage and influence what restrictions the cruise lines mandate for boarding and could likely see an easing of such restrictions, and fear, such as over ‘mixed vaccines’.

  • 09.10.21 at 12:37 pm

    We did get it wrong… not a proud Saturday morning at the Jaw.
    Correction email being sent.

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