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CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration are recommending that the United States pause the use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over six reported US cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot.


Assist Alert: Volcanic Eruption on the Island of St. Vincent
The La Soufrière volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted early this morning sending nearly a four-mile high plume of ash into the air.


CDC Issues New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Travelers
The CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) presented new guidelines on April 2, 2021 surrounding travel for those that have been fully vaccinated which state that fully vaccinated travelers can travel safely within the United States and U.S. territories without the need to get tested before or after travel, unless their destination requires it.


CDC: Fully vaccinated people can travel in U.S. without tests or quarantines
People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel freely in the U.S., as long as they remain masked on planes, buses and trains, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.


Newly vaccinated seniors leading surge in travel plans
According to travel agents, newly vaccinated seniors are leading the surge in travel plans as they make up for lost travel time in 2020.


Is Travel Coming Back? Airports Have Busiest Days Since March 2020
Airline executives said they are starting to see a path out of the coronavirus pandemic as more passengers resume travel, following a weekend when airport volumes hit their highest levels in a year.


COVID-19 Update: Ask Assist America
We invite you to submit your questions about the coronavirus, travel during the pandemic, vaccines, and anything else COVID or Assist America related. 


Assist Alert: SITA Data Security Incident Affecting Frequent Flyer Information
Passenger data from multiple airlines around the world has been compromised after hackers breached servers belonging to SITA, a global information technology company.


Covid vaccine: Germany urged to back AstraZeneca jab for over-65s
In a BBC interview, Carsten Watzl, head of the German Society for Immunology, predicted regulators would have to reverse their decision to not recommend the jab for older people. He urged Angela Merkel to have the vaccine live on TV to prove it is safe. Germany's vaccine commission is currently reviewing its recommendation.


CDC won't recommend requiring COVID tests for domestic flights 'at this time'
"At this time, CDC is not recommending required point of departure testing for domestic travel," the public health agency has stated. "As part of our close monitoring of the pandemic, in particular the continued spread of variants, we will continue to review public health options for containing and mitigating spread of COVID-19 in the travel space."


The Traveler: February 2021
From helpful information regarding transporatation safety measures and online security during the pandemic, to tips for dealing with cabin fever during quarantine, catch up on global health, security and travel-related topics. Also in this issue, find out how Assist America helped an injured member with cancer during the pandemic.


What if you test positive for covid-19 abroad? Here’s what travelers need to know.
Here’s how to ensure you have a backup plan in place for a potential quarantine if you test positive for the coronavirus abroad, and what experts say you should keep in mind about rapid tests.


COVID-19 Update: Mistakes to Avoid While Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped many of our travel decisions over the past several months and will continue to do so well into 2021. However, people can still travel safely by taking a few precautions that they might have overlooked while planning their next trip. Below are some crucial mistakes to avoid while traveling abroad during the pandemic.


Lufthansa Set To Ban Cloth Masks Onboard From February
Lufthansa today revealed that its onboard mask policy is set to become stricter from February 1st. The airline will stop accepting cloth masks, meaning all passengers will have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask.


When will international travel return? Here's what we know right now
There's hope: Summer vacations abroad may happen in a big way this year. The number of people busting out of their countries will start creeping up this spring and rise higher by mid-year, travel industry experts predict, as vaccines and risk-based safety measures are rolled out more widely and spiking coronavirus cases around the world begin to fall.


COVID-19 Update: COVID-19 Vaccination Information
As COVID-19 vaccines become readily available to the public, you likely have questions about the effectiveness of the vaccine, side effects, the process, and ultimately whether or not you should get it. Assist America has compiled information from multiple reputable sources to provide you with the most useful information to help answer your questions.


The Pandemic Is Shifting How Students Study Abroad
Study abroad was so popular, with more than a quarter million U.S. students heading overseas every year, and the field felt untouchable. Seemingly overnight, it disappeared. “Friends and colleagues were losing their jobs, with no concrete idea of when students will return or how that will look,” says Worthington.