EU says will 'respond rapidly' to assist COVID-hit India


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Sunday on Twitter that the European Union is preparing to provide "assistance" to India to combat the acceleration of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic after the country recorded record cases Sunday, by activating the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

Discussions are still ongoing between the European Union and American authorities regarding the technical requirements for vaccine certifications that could allow travel, either by issuing an EU-approved vaccine certificate on arrival by showing proof issued by the U.S. or through an agreement to accept a United States certification in the EU. The EU largely shut down nonessential travel more than a year ago. The agency has approved the three vaccines used in the United States.

"The fast pace of vaccination in the United States, and advanced talks between authorities there and the European Union over how to make vaccine certificates acceptable as proof of immunity for visitors, will enable the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, to recommend a switch in policy that could see trans-Atlantic leisure travel restored", reported the NYT.

The Times said the US's rapid vaccination programme, and progress in talks over how to use vaccine certificates, were behind the plan to allow the return of leisure travel from the USA to EU.

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"Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by EMA".

The EU has now started the process of checking its own citizens with "digital green certificates".

Greece said last week that travellers from the European Union and five other countries who are vaccinated or have a recent negative Covid test will no longer have to quarantine on arrival. We're a global island in terms of our economy, in terms of our society and in terms of our people.