A special pass, centered around COVID-19 travel, is in the works that would allow people to travel around the EU (European Union) with less restrictions. The pass would include people who have had and recovered from COVID-19 as well as people who have gotten the vaccine.
On March 1st, EU commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen took to Twitter and spoke about how it would ease the life of Europeans. “The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad, for work or tourism,” she said. The pass, though also mentioned to help the ease of work travel, will be primarily implemented to jump-start the reeling tourism industry.
The pass is estimated to be good for up to 3 months, which would coincide with being able to travel for the summer. However, the idea isn’t welcomed by everyone in the EU. Belgium has expressed their concerns as their Deputy prime minister Sophie Wilmes said her country would not participate. “For Belgium, there is no question of linking vaccination to the freedom of movement around Europe,” she said. She also spoke about the risk of discrimination due to the slow pace of the vaccine roll out. Only around 30 million vaccination doses have been administered across the EU, representing approximately 6.4 percent of the population.
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