Broadway has changed its tone on AstraZeneca.
Boss fans who have received this vaccine will now be allowed to attend “Springsteen on Broadway,” the first production on famous New York stages since the start of the pandemic.
Jujamcyn Theaters had banned an estimated 1.7 million Canadians, as well as many Britons and Australians who were shot, from witnessing production because the vaccine is not cleared by the State Food and Drug Administration. -United.
But on Friday, the theater official account tweeted that it will now welcome all guests who have received vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization.
Springsteen and Azer fan Cindy Galbraith, was “thrilled” to hear of the policy change.
She had considered buying tickets to the show for this summer, hoping the border could be opened soon. But when she found out she wasn’t welcome, it made her worry about what she and others like her might be excluded from.
“I thought that even though I wasn’t going to the show this time around, there were other shows I would like to travel to and things I wanted to do in the States after that,” said the Toronto resident. . “People who have taken AstraZeneca have been feeling top to bottom, top to bottom, top to bottom for months now. “
AstraZeneca has been approved by Health Canada, but not cleared by the FDA which has welcomed Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or the single dose vaccine Johnson & Johnson Janssen.
The first doses of AstraZeneca have now been discontinued in Ontario due to concerns about rare blood clots. But many have received at least one dose, or, like Galbraith, two.
The decision to include those who have been vaccinated follows international outrage and fears that the patchwork of global COVID vaccine approvals could lead to travel restrictions.
“As a result of New York State’s amended guidelines, we are now permitted to accommodate guests fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine at Springsteen on Broadway,” read the tweet from the theater account. .
They had earlier said that the decision to ban AZ, particularly tragic for the many Springsteen GenX fans who obtained it, was “in the direction of New York State.”
Jonah Bruno, spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health, told The Star in an email that the department “is following CDC guidelines recognizing vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization to these purposes ”.
This includes AstraZeneca, he confirmed, adding that this was not a change.
The Canada-U.S. Border remains closed to non-essential travel, but the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on Friday Bill Blair said new guidelines for fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be announced on Monday.
“Springsteen on Broadway,” an intimate solo show, premieres June 26. Future Jujamcyn productions include “The Book of Mormon” at the Eugene O’Neill Theater and “Moulin Rouge!” The Musical ”at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.
University of Toronto bioethicist Kerry Bowman, who owns the AstraZeneca himself, told The Star earlier this week that the initial decision not to let in those who had received the blow was “just plain unfair. “.
He also hints at bigger issues regarding future travel and vaccination passports, given the multiple COVID vaccines in use in different countries. China and Russia also have their own vaccines, which are administered in parts of the developing world.
“As we move into 2022 there will just be this mosaic of different vaccine histories that people have and there has to be an A list,” he said. “We have to understand this. “
Correction: This story has been updated from an earlier version which distorted theaters where “The Book of Mormon” and “Moulin Rouge!” Musical comedy “ will be carried out.
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