the government of Wood Island, autonomous region of Portugal, announced this Sunday, 4, that it will accept the entry of tourists immunized with any covid-19 vaccine, even those not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
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Pedro Ramos, Madeira’s health secretary, said that all would be accepted. “If millions of people were vaccinated with these vaccines (not approved by the European Union), the level of protection is similar to others”.
Popular for its wine and green landscape, the Portuguese island will accept entry of vaccinated people like the Coronavac, by Chinese Sinovac and applied en masse in Brazil; the russian Sputnik V, indiana Covaxin and the cuban Sovereign.
The Indian-produced version of AstraZeneca, not recognized by the EU, will also be accepted in the region. It is estimated that 5 million people from the UK, a major source of foreign tourism to Madeira, have received this vaccine.
Despite the measure, tourism trips to Brazil are still banned. Only Brazilians with a Portuguese or European residence visa, dual citizenship or who can prove that it is an essential trip can disembark in the country.
Governed by the main opposition party to Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, the island is one of the main European tourist destinations and was voted the safest destination this year. With the measure, the archipelago hopes to stimulate local tourism.
It is noteworthy that mainland Portugal and the other members of the The European Union, which launched its covid digital certificate last week, has so far accepted tourists immunized with only four vaccines – those from Pfizer e BioNTech, Modern, AstraZeneca e Johnson & Johnson.
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