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The smattering of virus surges around Europe and the slower vaccine rollout likely gives the U.S. pause to welcome EU travelers.

President Joe Biden’s administration is working on the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed on EU citizens but it is premature to put a date on any such move, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday.

“We are anxious to be able to restore travel as fully and quickly as possible. I can’t put a date on it, we have to be guided by the science, by medical expertise,” Blinken told a news conference in Paris alongside his French counterpart.

(Reporting by John Irish and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Richard Lough and Alison Williams)

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Photo Credit: Secretary Anthony J. Blinken holds a virtual press briefing on March 29, 2021. In late June Blinken said that the U.S. was not ready to lift travel restrictions on Europeans. Freddie Everett / U.S. State Department

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