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Biden’s Travel Curbs Criticized as Ineffective by Ex-Advisers

  • Rushing vaccines to the world would be better, Slavitt says
  • ‘Porous’ restrictions seen as doing little to stop the spread
President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg

Former advisers to President Joe Biden said travel restrictions will do little to stop the spread of new Covid-19 variants, and the U.S. and other nations would be better off increasing vaccine deliveries to Africa.

Biden last week imposed a broad entry ban on people who have been in South Africa and seven nearby countries, seeking to halt the spread of the omicron variant. The European Union, the U.K., Canada and others have imposed similar measures.