If the U.S. starts requiring everyone -- they've already said vaccinated travelers will (ridiculously) still have to test -- to do a PCR test instead of a rapid test, I'm going to lose my mind.
Or this @CNN piece says "stricter" means parents with young (obviously unvaccinated) kids will be punished with a two-test rule, including a post-arrival test. Will be enforced?

(FWIW, most European countries exempt children under 18 or 12 from testing.)
As I've said before, even rigorist countries like Norway and Germany -- with better epidemiological conditions to protect -- don't require pre-departure testing. @CDCgov is being incredibly unreasonable with its draconian travel testing rules, even for U.S. citizens.
I guess Jeff Zients thinks it will be a political win for the Biden administration to require vaccinated parents to force their masked toddlers to submit to two coronavirus tests over a 72-hour period if they ever want to come home from Cancun or Puerto Vallarta?

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11 Oct
European Cities Top Travel Openness Ratings in New Analysis

U.S. lags behind; Asian cities dominate bottom of Bloomberg’s ranking
"Madrid, Vienna and Barcelona lead the list. Of the top 10, nine are in Europe. Mexico City is the only non-European destination to make the upper tier, according to Bloomberg’s analysis. Cities in the Asia and Pacific regions are among the least accessible..."
"No U.S. cities made the top 10. The U.S. continues to limit travel from some countries and requires coronavirus testing to enter, which hurt its ratings."
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11 Oct
Italian deputy health minister plotting a rough road map out of the pandemic: first to go, quarantines; next, masks; and lastly, the green pass (vaccine passport). Italy's Covid-19 state of emergency is scheduled to end on December 31st.
FWIW, France is also roughly planning to end its green pass -- well, in France it's called a health pass -- by the end of the year.
This is a deputy health minister speculating. Let's see...
Read 4 tweets
9 Oct
"We need to update our mindsets. We should respect Covid-19 but we must not be paralyzed by fear...So for 98% of us, if we catch COVID-19, we can recover by ourselves at home just as we would if we had the flu."
-Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong
"With vaccination, Covid-19 is no longer a dangerous disease for most of us...Even with the whole population vaccinated we still will not be able to stamp it out through lockdowns and SMMs. Almost every country has accepted this reality."

Zero Covid=done.
"Singapore cannot stay locked down and closed off indefinitely. It would not work and it would be very costly. We'd be unable to resume our lives...open our borders...Each time we tighten up...children are deprived of a proper childhood and school life..."
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9 Oct
Argentina is reopening to tourism, but will require pre- and post-arrival testing of fully vaccinated visitors. Why?
lonelyplanet.com/articles/argen… Image
The @WHO should issue guidance that fully vaccinated and recovered travelers should not be subjected to any testing.
This approach is good enough for countries like Norway, France, and Germany, so it should probably be good enough for Argentina and the United States, too.
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5 Oct
This was a French study -- "The effects of wearing a mask on young children in collective care facilities" (600 ECEC professionals working in French nursery centers for kids 0-3) -- cited in the @EU_Commission report on the ECEC sector and the pandemic.
With apologies for using Google Chrome to translate their findings, I'd like to share their article. Note that direct quotes from the 600 French ECEC professionals surveyed are in *bold text.*
“At times, they don't understand the instructions and I have to take off my mask”; "For children in the process of acquiring language, it is sometimes necessary to repeat a word several times because they cannot look and imitate"
lesprosdelapetiteenfance.fr/vie-profession… Image
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3 Oct
It's disturbing to remember that @amprog -- the Democratic Party's establishment think tank -- proposed draconian restrictions inspired by authoritarian China and Singapore last year.
americanprogress.org/issues/healthc… ImageImageImageImage
In any event, it says a lot about the Democratic Party that @amprog's "Plan To End the Coronavirus Crisis" was more restrictions than resources.

Yes: Ban interstate travel and lock people in their homes for at least 45 days.

No: Medicare for All and paid sick leave for all.
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