The European Commission said on Tuesday that it would make sense for the United States to allow travel of people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine to Europe.
On Monday, the White House announced it would lift restrictions prohibiting EU citizens from traveling to the United States from November. It is not known which vaccines will be accepted by US authorities.
“We believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe,” a European Commission spokesperson said at a press conference.
“From our point of view, it would obviously make sense for people vaccinated with AstraZeneca to be able to travel. “
The spokesperson noted that this is a decision by the US authorities.
The AstraZeneca vaccine was cleared by Health Canada for use in people 18 years of age and older at the end of February. As of September 16, health authorities had distributed more than three million doses of vaccine to the provinces, according to a follow-up list published by the federal government.
In June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would work with other countries to ensure that Canadians who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine are not prevented from traveling abroad.
In the United States, there are three COVID-19 vaccines that are either fully licensed or approved for emergency use – the two-dose mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna and the single-dose product from Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
India has criticized the UK government’s decision not to recognize coronavirus vaccine certificates issued by Indian authorities, calling it a “discriminatory policy” that will impact its citizens who wish to visit this country.
The new rules require Indians visiting the UK to self-quarantine for 10 days and undergo COVID-19 testing even if they are fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccines made under license in India.
The rules will go into effect next month. The Indian Serum Institute, which manufactures the AstraZeneca vaccine, has not sought its approval by the European Union.
Most people in India have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India. Others have been given COVAXIN, which is also not used in Britain.
-From The Associated Press and CBC News, last updated 1:45 p.m. ET
What’s happening across Canada
The premier of Prince Edward Island said on Tuesday the province will put in place a proof of vaccination system in early October, becoming the latest jurisdiction to look to vaccine passports as a tool to slow the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant.
Prime Minister Dennis King said the pass would be needed in spaces where large gatherings are held, such as restaurants, concerts and sporting events. The pass would not be required at wedding or funeral ceremonies, but would be required at receptions for these events.
The island, which has so far been untouched by widespread epidemics seen in many other parts of the country, had 47 active cases on Tuesday, health officials said.
-From CBC News, last updated at 12:30 p.m. ET
Here is a look at some of the developments related to COVID-19 across the country:
What is happening in the world
As of early afternoon as of Tuesday, more than 229.2 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to The Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker. The death toll worldwide was over 4.7 million.
In the Asia Pacific region, Vietnamese authorities are relaxing some pandemic restrictions in Hanoi from Tuesday after two months of confinement to contain an upsurge in coronavirus cases.
In Europe, senior German politicians expressed shock at the weekend murder of a young gas station worker who asked a customer to wear a face mask, and warned against radicalization on Tuesday people who oppose the country’s pandemic restrictions.
A 49-year-old German was arrested in the fatal shooting of the clerk on Saturday in the town of Idar-Oberstein (west). The suspect is being held on suspicion of murder.
Authorities said the man told officers he acted “out of anger” after being refused service for not wearing a mask while trying to buy beer. “He further stated during questioning that he rejects the measures against the coronavirus,” the Trier police department said in a statement.
In the Americas, The Governor of Washington State is asking the federal government to provide military personnel to help staff hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter released on Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee said “in Washington state our hospitals are currently at or beyond capacity, and we need more help right now.”
Argentina has unveiled plans to ease restrictions linked to the pandemic, including easing strict border controls, allowing more business activity and removing the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors.
In the Middle East, The first world fair to be held in the Middle East, Expo 2020 Dubai, opens its doors to exhibitors from nearly 200 countries on October 1 after being delayed for a year by the pandemic.
In Africa, the Burundian authorities have decided to suspend all social events, except Saturdays and Sundays, as concerns grow over the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.
The country was one of the last in Africa to adopt vaccines after the late president’s administration was accused of taking the pandemic lightly. In a letter to governors and mayors, the chairman of the COVID-19 committee said the limits on gatherings come after authorities realize how such events can spread the virus.
The mayor of Burundi’s economic capital, Bujumbura, threatens to fine anyone who does not wear a mask or respect physical distancing. The mayor cites a worrying number of COVID-19 patients in the city.
-From The Associated Press and Reuters, last updated at 12:50 p.m. ET
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