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International travel bans don't work for COVID, ex-CDC chief says

Regular and repeated testing crucial, but not blanket shutdowns, Robert Redfield argues

Few people are visible at Narita Airport in Chiba, Japan after the government banned the entry of foreign travelers due to COVID. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama) 

WASHINGTON -- In the third year of COVID-19, people still struggle to return to normalcy in their daily lives. How will vaccines and testing be administered, and how will the economy and education be affected?

Nikkei recently spoke with virologist Robert Redfield, who served as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Trump administration and is now senior medical advisor to Virginia-based public health firm AM LLC, to get a better look at the path ahead.

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