US citizens vaccinated against CoV are to be allowed to enter the European Union again in the coming months. This was announced yesterday by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with the “New York Times”.
Vaccines approved by the EU’s European Medicines Agency (EMA) would be used in the United States. “This will allow free movement and travel to the European Union,” von der Leyen said.
“One thing is clear: All 27 member states, without exception, will recognize everyone who has been vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EU Medicines Agency (EMA),” von der Leyen said. The EMA has approved the three vaccines used in the United States: Moderna, Pfizer and Biontech, and Johnson & Johnson.
Probably as early as summer
The EU Commission president did not specify an exact timetable. According to the New York Times, the new rules could come into force in the summer. The background to this is the rapidly progressing vaccination campaign in the USA and progress in the talks on the use of vaccination certificates.
In the interview, Von der Leyen referred to “great progress” in vaccinating U.S. citizens. She said the United States is on track with its goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults by mid-June. The resumption of tourism will depend “on the epidemiological situation,” but that is improving in the United States and will “hopefully improve in the European Union as well,” von der Leyen added.
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