In what seems to be an indication of how lives will never return to pre-pandemic norms, the European Commission president on Sunday suggested that some sort of Covid-19 vaccination certificates will indeed be necessary for would-be travelers from the US.
“All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by EMA,” Ursula von der Leyen told the New York Times.
Travelers will have to be fully vaccinated, not just have the first jab of a two-dose inoculation, the Times’ interview clarifies. In just what form the Americans would have to present the evidence of vaccination, von der Leyen did not say, but the EU-US talks on the use of vaccine certificates – often referred to as “vaccine passports” – have been ongoing.
Luckily for some Americans, the three vaccines that have been approved for use in the US – made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – have also been blessed by the European Medicines Agency. The EMA has also approved AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, which is still awaiting emergency use authorization in the US.
“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines… This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union,” von der Leyen told the Times. Read Full Article >