European Union offers `immediate aid` to help India out of Covid crisis

Tanya Simon
April 26, 2021

The New York Times reports that technical discussions are ongoing between European Union and USA officials about making vaccine certificates from each place broadly readable so that citizens can use them to travel without restrictions.

The revelation came in an interview conducted by the New York Times with the head of the European Union, published on Sunday.

Underlining that the "situation is improving in the United States" and "hopefully, also in the European Union", von der Leyen said restrictions would be lifted depending on the epidemiological situation in the US.

She further added, "Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A".

Travel between the United States and Europe has been banned since March 2020, when the European Union leaders agreed to enforce travel restrictions for foreigners in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19, reports.

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The European Commissioner said that the U.S. was "on track" and making "huge progress" with its vaccination campaign, in a bid to vaccinate 70% of adults by June. It has nearly been a year since most of the countries across the globe shut down nonessential travels to put a cap on the spread of the COVID-19.

The bloc is hoping an uptick in deliveries - which also includes the Moderna and the single-shot Johnson & Johnson jabs - can help it gain ground on inoculation pacesetters like the United States and Britain.

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

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume travel at low risk to themselves, the agency is still not recommending travel given rising COVID case counts.

"There's a bit of distance to go yet in terms of even the discussion at European Council on this", he said. "We believe any litigation is without merit and we welcome this opportunity to resolve this dispute as soon as possible". "So by July, we will have very significant numbers of people vaccinated, so will other European member states and several other countries as well".

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