European Union chief says vaccinated USA tourists to be able to visit

Carrie Guzman
April 26, 2021

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission (the EU's executive branch) was interviewed by the Times in Brussels on Sunday, and pointed to America's quick rollout of the vaccines that were also approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The number of blood clot or thrombosis cases after receiving the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine jab is low and rare, said the Health Ministry's (MOH) Covid-19 Vaccine Candidate Selection Sub-Committee (JKKPCV) chairman, Dr Kalaiarasu M Periasamy.

She said: "The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines".

"We are making progress addressing the technical challenges and our output is improving, but the production cycle of a vaccine is very long which means these improvements take time to result in increased finished vaccine doses".

The European Union said Monday it has launched legal action against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca over coronavirus vaccine delivery shortfalls that hampered efforts to kickstart inoculations across the bloc.

Echoing Ms von der Leyen's comments on cross-country acceptance of travel certificates, he said that the European Union would be aiming for "coordination [across countries], as speed is of the essence".

European Union has chose to allow completely vaccinated tourists from America to visit over the summer.

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China is Australia's largest trading partner and before the pandemic, its biggest source of overseas university students. In 2018, Canberra staged an worldwide first by banning the Chinese tech giant Huawei from Australia's 5G network.

Furthermore, officials believe that the vaccine certificates issued by foreign governments would be accepted in the European Union and USA to make summer travel safer and easier.

The European Commission is working to make sure travelers can corroborate vaccination with documentation that is compatible with its proposed Digital Green Certificate.

Von der Leyen's announcement follows France's recent unfolding of its plans to open for vaccinated United States citizens by summer.

The pandemic has ravaged tourism on the continent, with many nations shutting borders for non-essential travel.

"We are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for USA citizens who are vaccinated", French President Emanuel Macron said.

Currently, the U.S. has a ban in place for travellers of the EU Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

On the other hand, non-essential travel to the European Union continues to be banned, except for Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand citizens.

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