Fully vaccinated American COVID-19 Allowed to visit European Union countries by summer, President EUSaid the government New York Times.
In an interview published on Sunday Ursula von de Araien She said she believes that “free movement” from the United States to EU countries will be feasible in the coming months.
“As far as I can see, Americans use the ones approved by the European Medicines Agency. vaccine“Von der Leyen told the treatise. “This allows for free travel and travel to the European Union.”
As all three vaccines, including Pfizer, Modana, Johnson & Johnson’s jab, are used in the United States and approved by EU drug regulators, Fonde Araien said: Those who have been vaccinated with an approved vaccine. “
A European Commission spokesperson confirmed Mr. Von der Reyen’s comments, but made no further statement.
If Americans can travel to EU countries, it will represent a significant change in policy that has been in force since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since March 2020, the EU has imposed wide-ranging restrictions on international travel to Europe, and the high number of cases across the United States has blocked Americans from entering the country even if it partially resumed last summer. I did.
Now with the President of the United States Joe BidenAccelerated vaccination programs are on track, and Ms. Von der Leyen has given hope to millions of Americans who want to go abroad before the end of the year.
To date, more than 228.6 million vaccines have been administered in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
More than 139.9 million people have been vaccinated for the first time, which is equivalent to 42.2% of the population, and more than 94.7 million are fully vaccinated, which is equivalent to 28.5% of the United States.
Polling Conducted at the end of last monthHowever, according to an NPR / Marist survey, the Biden administration suggests that the majority of Americans may face hurdles to see them vaccinated, one in four Americans. Said he would refuse the vaccine if it was provided.
Another 5% said the availability of jabs was still “undecided” and that the highest number of Republican men and locals resisting vaccination.
Still, the EU’s policy shift means that millions of Americans are likely to be able to travel to Europe this summer.
Biden will be heading to the continent in June, and von der Leyen will welcome him on a trip to Brussels for the EU-US Summit with European Council Chair Charles Michel. ..
“I’m happy to say hello” to US leaders in June, von der Leyen said in a tweet on Friday: “From climate change to health, trade and multilateralism to geopolitical issues, I We have a lot to do together, “he added.
Independent We asked the Biden administration for comment.
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