WHO is due to decide on the inclusion of the Chinese immunizer on its list of emergency use this week; if this happens, the drug will also allow entry into the bloc’s member countries
A European Commission officially presented the proposal to relax the restrictions on non-essential trips abroad this Monday, 3rd. Among the measures that will be discussed from this Tuesday, 4th, is the possibility of allowing the entry of people who have received at least two weeks, the second dose of a vaccine against Covid-19 approved by the bloc. For now, the immunizers that received the green light from European Union are the da Pfizer–BioNTech, AstraZeneca–Oxford University, Johnson & Johnson e Modern. However, the organization also suggested that this rule could be extended to vaccines that appear on the emergency use list of World Health Organization (WHO). This would open a loophole for Chinese immunizers like CoronaVac it’s at Sinopharm, as both are expected to receive an opinion from the international body by the end of this week. “Member States could also extend this to those vaccinated with a vaccine who have completed the WHO emergency use listing process,” explains the Brussels communiqué, alleviating the fear that has arisen in recent days that Brazilians and millions more of people who took the vaccines from China were prevented from entering the European Union.
As children are still unable to receive vaccines against Covid-19, they would have to present a negative result for tests that detect the presence of the new coronavirus so they can travel with their parents or guardians. The European Union should also discuss the implementation of an “emergency brake”, which will allow member countries to overturn the permission for vaccinated people to enter from abroad in response to the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus or worsening the health situation of foreign nations. These reviews would take place every two weeks. The main objective of the economic bloc is to save the next summer season and the thousands of jobs that depend on it. “It is time to revive the tourism industry in the European Union and rekindle cross-border friendships – safely,” wrote the President of the European Commission on her profile on Twitter, Ursula von der Leyen.