By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Related Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. navy expects to start receiving new Afghanistan evacuees in the US subsequent week, as hundreds start to wrap up a three-week pause in Europe and the Center East to get measles pictures.
Gen. Glen VanHerck, head of U.S. Northern Command, advised reporters Thursday that there are about 14,000 Afghans abroad which might be anticipated to return to the U.S. Proper now, he stated, there are about 53,000 scattered throughout eight U.S. navy installations in America, which is nearing their complete capability of 64,000.
“I might anticipate that the flights will begin right here within the very close to future,” stated VanHerck. “Subsequent week we might see one thing” as a result of the 21-day vaccination course of could be full.
VanHerck stated that there are 4,000 evacuees on the U.S. bases who’ve accomplished their medical and different screening processes and have been cleared to go away and resettle in the US. As they start to maneuver to their new houses, that can unlock room on the bases for these being flown in from abroad.
“We’re counting on the output to make sure that we’d have sufficient capability for the extra remaining Afghans coming this fashion,” he stated. An extra 2,400 Afghans already completed the screening course of and have already moved on to their new houses.
Hundreds of Afghans have been airlifted out of Afghanistan in a chaotic evacuation effort within the wake of the U.S. navy withdrawal and the swift takeover of the nation by the Taliban.
However as Afghan refugees started arriving at bases round Europe and the Center East, instances of measles have been detected. Performing on the advice of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, U.S. Customs and Border Safety paused all flights of Afghan refugees round Sept. 10. The evacuees have been held on the bases whereas they get vaccinated and look forward to 21 days so the vaccine can take impact.
General, VanHerck stated there have been 24 instances of measles, together with 12 instances which might be at the moment energetic. He stated that as of Thursday, all the Afghans have been vaccinated for measles, and the 21-day ready interval will begin ending early subsequent week for some, relying on after they bought the vaccine.
Requested about assaults and different issues on the U.S. bases, VanHerck stated that two Afghans have been indicted in reference to sexual assaults at Fort McCoy, Wisc. There have been different incidents, together with minor skirmishes and assaults, in addition to eight reported instances of theft and theft.
Federal authorities are nonetheless investigating the assault on a feminine service member by three to 4 males at Fort Bliss, Texas. Up to now, nobody has been arrested or charged in that incident, and officers are nonetheless making an attempt to determine the boys.
VanHerck additionally stated that about 84 % of the evacuees are at the very least partially vaccinated for COVID-19. He stated this latest three-week pause in motion has given many sufficient time to get their second shot. And a few have acquired the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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