Update (0900ET): More reports about the new CDC-recommended travel restrictions have hit on Wednesday as the Biden White House has all but confirmed its plans to impose new restrictions on travel despite the WHO's pleas that South Africa not be penalized for warning the world about the new variant.
To be sure, the restrictions being considered by the administration would still allow travelers with up-to-date COVID testing (within the last 24 hours) to enter the country. Presently, vaccinated travelers must get tested within three days of boarding their flight to the US.
According to Bloomberg, President Joe Biden plans to announce the new requirements on Thursday in a speech detailing his plans for containing the pandemic as the US heads into the winter. Keep in mind, more than one federal judge has already blocked Biden's attempt to impose a vaccine mandate on federal workers (and workers at America's largest companies).
CDC Dir. Walensky: "We don't know everything we need to know yet about the omicron variant, but we know that vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from severe illness and complications from all known SARS-CoV-2 variants to date." https://t.co/SNpGmVWFmu pic.twitter.com/TTHQVLsNHH— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) November 30, 2021