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EU and US propose target of 70% of world vaccinated by next year

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Today (18 October) the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that together with the Biden administration will propose a target of 70% vaccination for the world. 

Von der Leyen said the EU will do its part, on top of its expertise the EU will donate at least  500 million doses of vaccines to the most vulnerable countries. She said that other countries had to set up and that she would work with Prime Minister Draghi and President Biden to rally G20 leaders to commit to this target. 

One billion vaccines exported from the EU

Von der Leyen said the EU had reached an important milestone in exporting more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world: “Vaccines from the European Union have been shipped to more than 150 countries, just to name a few to Japan, to Turkey to the UK to New Zealand, to South Africa to Brazil.”

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“We delivered around 87 million doses to the low- and middle-income countries through COVAX. So we made good on our promise, we have always shared our vaccine nation production capacity fairly with the rest of the world. We've said that at least every second dose is produced in the European Union will go abroad.”

Von der Leyen added that this hadn’t stopped the EU from reaching its target of more than 75% of the adult population fully vaccinated. She pointed to the fact that the EU managed to do this even when vaccines were scarce.

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Top tips for travelling abroad with kids during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Holidaying and traveling are an essential part of life for the majority of people across the world. However, the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic are still pronounced widely. Travel is still risky and may have certain complications involved when you are leaving your country to tour and travel another country and region of the world.

You should not be travelling to another city or nation if the COVID-19 spread is escalating in these regions or if you or any of your family members (including kids) are having symptoms of COVID-19 infection (at least for the past 14 days). If any family members are still unvaccinated, they are at a greater risk of a severe illness. The death rate is especially higher for older people or those having certain chronic medical conditions such as hypertension or diabetes among others.

If you are travelling along with your family members and kids during the present pandemic times when there are still certain travel restrictions in place, it is important to know more about the relevant information and guidelines to have a safe and hassle-free travel experience. As the hospitality sector works to recover, hotels seek to create a better customer experience than ever before, an example, the best hotels in Santa Fe.

Research the Guidance for Arrivals

People are bound to come in close contact with one another during travel. Travel to other cities and nations may not be entirely risk-free even after a person has been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. However, if the required number of vaccine doses have been administered and enough time has been given for the vaccines to exert their effect, it significantly reduces the risk of COVID-19 infection and a serious illness due to it.

If you still have to travel to other nations, you should first check for any travel restrictions and the guidance for arrivals for that particular destination. Nations have been exercising different plans and procedures for curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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You need to check for the stay-at-home orders, as well as the testing and quarantining requirements, not only in your local area but also of the region or country you aim to travel. Also, do not forget that any of these policies issued by the local authorities or the state and Central governments of the regions may change unexpectedly without any substantial notice period.

Research Travel System Requirements

Apart from the above, you also need to check the travel requirements of the airline career. If it is a break journey, you also need to know the travel-related requirements and restrictions of the airport city and country where you will be making a short stay while trying to reach the final destination. There may be certain guidelines and special travel rules for the overlays as well.

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Remember that the regions or countries you travel may ask for the CIVID-19 vaccination certification, or a COVID-19 negative test report at the time you reach the destination. This requirement and guideline may also extend to include kids and children. For instance, the Government of the USA currently requires that all people of ages 2 years or more should provide the negative test report (test to be conducted within 3 days of travel and departure) on their arrival.

Travel Insurance with COVID Cover

Travel insurance with a COVID cover may be essential during the present pandemic times. Such a cover may provide insurance against many different kinds of issues that may occur during travel. When you have travel insurance with a COVID-19 cover, you may cancel your trip or delay it for any coronavirus-related reason and your losses will be covered by the corona virus travel insurance.

Coronavirus travel insurance from Globelink will also cover any expenses that may occur due to hospitalization. Therefore, if a traveller is infected during travel by the corona virus and is hospitalized during his/her travel, the hospitalization expenditures will be covered by the travel insurance company. Such an insurance cover may also provide financial relief during conditions such as repatriation, medical evacuation, medical supplies, medical treatment/care, and ongoing testing.


To Wrap Up

The majority of the regions and nations would require that you have a COVID-19 negative test certificate with you when you land. The requirement also extends to include the children and kids. However, there are the more affordable and reliable insurance travel insurance providerswho may also provide coverage for kids free of cost. It is important to research the options and to know more about all the relevant guidelines and rules regarding COVID-19 international travel during COVID-19 pandemic times. The more you know about the travel rules and the present circumstances, the more hassle-free your travel experience can be.



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‘We must remain vigilant’ Charles Michel

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The message from the European Council summit is that Europe must remain vigilant. Vaccination campaigns across Europe have brought progress in the fight against COVID-19, but there is a recognition that there is still a problem with vaccine hesitancy, in particular, in Romania and Bulgaria where the vaccination rates have been low. 

Charles Michel said that disinformation had to be tackled, particularly on social media platforms. 

There is ongoing work to accelerate recognition of certificates, with one important development being the recent decision of the United States to lift restrictions for vaccinated EU citizens as of 8 November, 2021.

In its conclusions, the European Council also called on the experiences of the COVID-19 crisis to strengthen the EU’s preparedness for future health emergencies and the conclusions of negotiations on the new Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).

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In the context of the upcoming G20 meeting and in view of the special session of the World Health Assembly in November, the European Council underlines its support for a strong, central role for the World Health Organization in future global health governance and for the objective of agreeing an international treaty on pandemics.

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EU vaccinates 70% of its adult population

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Today (31 August) the EU has reached a target of 70% of the adult population fully vaccinated. More than 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course. 

The Commission already announced that it had met its target to deliver enough vaccines to vaccinate this proportion of the population at the end of July; today’s announcement confirms that these vaccines have been administered. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “The full vaccination of 70% of adults in the EU already in August is a great achievement. The EU's strategy of moving forward together is paying off and is putting Europe at the vanguard of the global fight against COVID-19.”

Given the prevalence of the more virulent Delta variant, von der Leyen is urging EU countries and its partners to continue vaccinating at a pace. 

Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said: “I am very pleased that as of today we have reached our goal to vaccinate 70% of EU adults before the end of the summer. This is a collective achievement of the EU and its member states that shows what is possible when we work together with solidarity and in co-ordination. Our efforts to further increase vaccinations across the EU will continue unabated. We will continue to support in particular those states that are continuing to face challenges.”

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The picture across the EU varies enormously; the good news hides significant differences between EU members, with Romania (26%) and Bulgaria (17%) having very low rates of vaccination. Ireland, which has a very high rate of vaccination, has been able to purchase vaccines from Romania, despite its low rate of vaccination. 

Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority travel restrictions list 

The Council has updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and the United States of America were removed from the list.

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Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or entities is subject to temporary travel restriction. Member states can lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travellers.

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