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EU kicks off debate on need for booster shots to travel

Debates have kicked off today between EU Governments in relation to whether evidence of a booster shot will be required to maintain free travel across the bloc as cases spike.

The executive European Commission is due to present a proposal this week to coordinate free movement using vaccine passes as Western Europe reports significant surges of the virus.

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Greece proposed that people should in future only be able to travel freely if they received a second or third dose in the previous six months and that booster doses should be added to the information shown in EU passes.

However, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said it was vital for a common standard to be agreed upon by all 27 members, stating that his country normally receives 200,000 workers a day from neighbouring countries.

He stated, “We can’t have different systems in Luxembourg and in Greece, or in Germany or France. It would be against the interests of the European citizens. They demand that of us and it can be done”.

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Irish European Affairs Minister Thomas Byrne agreed that Covid-19 passes should continue to facilitate free movement.

German European Affairs Minister Michael Roth stated that booster vaccines were the “order of the day” while adding, “A digital vaccination certificate is of paramount importance, but it must be based on scientific knowledge.”

IMAGE – “Ursula von der Leyen presents her vision to MEPs” by European Parliament is licensed under CC BY 2.0/ “201214-D-BN624-0811” (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense

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