“A blanket humanitarian waiver has been implemented for COVID testing for all persons the U.S. government is relocating from Afghanistan,” a spokesperson for the department said.
As Afghanistan had been a hotspot for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, medical exams, including COVID-19 tests, had been required for evacuees prior to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, which added extra urgency to efforts to get at-risk Afghans out.
Separately, at a State Department press briefing on Thursday, spokesman Ned Price told reporters that there are currently no COVID-19 protocols in place for evacuation flights from Kabul, as the first priority is “to get as many people out as we can.”
“What we are doing, depending on where these individuals go, and as you know, there are several transit countries, there sometimes will be testing in those third countries,” he said. “But our first priority right now is to bring as many people to safety as we can.”
Price added, “In Kabul at the airport, we don’t at present have the capacity to test everyone …” – READ MORE