As the operator of the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris announced its reopening in July, EU member states have reached an agreement that the COVID-19 certificate will pave the way for a trip to Europe.
The agreement will ensure that all people in 27 EU countries have a digital health pass by the end of June that shows their vaccination status, COVID-19 testing results, or recovery from coronavirus infection. Become.
“This is an important step in resuming EU free movement as safely as possible while providing clarity and certainty to the public,” said EU Health Commissioner Stella Kiriyakides. ..
The certificate is considered an important tool for saving Europe’s summer vacation, and as if to celebrate the news, the operator of the Eiffel Tower, one of the largest tourist attractions on the continent, has been operating for several months. It was announced that it will resume on July 16th. Closed by a pandemic.
Operator Sete told AFP that the number of visitors would be limited to 10,000 per day to meet social distance requirements, less than half the pre-Covid level.
However, the director of the World Health Organization warned Thursday that progress on the coronavirus pandemic remained “vulnerable” and that overseas travel should still be avoided.
“Currently, in the face of ongoing threats and new uncertainties, we need to continue to pay attention and rethink or avoid traveling abroad,” said Hans Kruge, director of Europe at WHO. He added that a “pocket of increased transmission” on the continent is possible. It spread immediately.
The EU nods to Covid travel certificates are similar in other countries, such as Israel with a “green pass” and the United Kingdom informing citizens that some international travel is allowed through the National Health Service app. Follow the initiative.
The European Commission has also promised to make at least € 100 million (A $ 157 million) available for the purchase of rapid tests.
France, Malta and the Netherlands are one of the countries that are piloting EU passes.
The path is designed primarily to be accessed via the smartphone app, but it also needs to be able to authenticate in paper form. This technology was developed by the German companies T-Systems and SAP.
The certificate is on the agenda of the European Head of State and Government Summit scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Brussels.
The agreement on Thursday will then need to be formally approved at the entire session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, June 7-10.
So-called Indian variants may be more contagious and are currently identified in at least 26 of the 53 countries in the WHO European region, Kruge said.
But he added that the WHO-approved vaccine is effective against new strains.
India faced a new related threat on Thursday. This is because states across the country have ordered emergency measures to counter the surge in the rare and deadly “black bacterium” infection among coronavirus patients.
Two new states have declared a mucormycosis epidemic while New Delhi and other major cities have opened special wards to treat thousands of infected cases.
India typically handles less than 20 cases annually, but the infection poses a new threat to the coronavirus wave, which killed 120,000 people in six weeks.
Authorities have imposed blockades on five Rohingya refugee camps in the southeastern part of the country after a recent surge in coronavirus cases in neighboring Bangladesh, officials said.
Bangladeshi authorities have set up 34 camps in the southeastern part of Cox’s Bazar for about 900,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar.
Increasing criticism in Japan
In Japan, there is growing criticism that coronavirus inoculation will start late in just two months before the Olympics.
A Japanese government panel in Tokyo on Thursday recommended approval of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna and AstraZeneca.
The Pfizer-BioNTech formula is currently the only vaccine approved for use in Japan, and so far less than 2% of the 125 million population has been fully vaccinated.
Japanese opinion opposes the convention, and polls show that the majority want to delay or cancel the event further.
According to AFP editing of official data, a pandemic has killed more than 3.4 million people worldwide since the virus first appeared in late 2019.
A spokesman for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the United States is the worst-affected country with 587,874 deaths, where it is beginning to return to normal life. At Washington headquarters.
“Like many others, after working from home for the past year, we’ll resume limited operations at our Washington, DC headquarters and gradually move staff back to the building from June 1,” Gerry Rice said. Told reporters.