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UK Covid live: Wales ‘would not have agreed risky quarantine lifting for US and EU fully jabbed’, says Drakeford

Latest updates: Welsh first minister says he does not want to see virus reimported to Wales by travellers

Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, has warned that there are “risks” from the government’s decision to let fully-vaccinated people from the US and the EU visit England.

Speaking to BBC News, he said that if it had been up to the Welsh government, it would probably have not agreed to this move. He said:

We have said all along as the Welsh government that we would have taken a different approach to international travel. I still think this is the year when international travel is best avoided. We do not want to see in Wales a situation which we faced in September of last year, when the virus was reimported into Wales by people who have visited other parts of the world.

We would have rather a more precautionary approach by the UK government and have done our best to persuade them of that.

In the United States, for example, there are no vaccines certificates, as I understand. So, how will the UK government know that somebody travelling from the United States has been doubly vaccinated and that it has been done to the same sort of protocols and standards that we would expect in this country?

We need to understand a little better than we do at the moment as to how that evidence will be collected and how that evidence can be provided in a way that we can all rely on.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, has said the changes to quarantine rules for fully vaccinated people from the US and the EU decided today will come into force from 4am on Monday.

We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK

From 2nd August at 4am people from these countries will be able to come to the England from an amber country without having to quarantine if they’re fully vaxxed

The changes will apply to fully vaxxed people with an FDA or EMA vaccine – they’ll still need to do the usual pre-departure test before arrival and take a PCR test on day 2 of returning to the England.

We’re also able to confirm the restart of international cruisesand flexible testing programmes to help key workers and drive our economic recovery.

Whether you’re a family or a business, this is progress we can all enjoy.

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