EU Give Vaccinated Yanks Okay For IFA, But Not Australians
The woman who helped nobble the supply of AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia is now claiming that fully vaccinated Americans have been given the okay to visit IFA this year in Berlin when the event is held in September 2021.
There is no mention of whether Australian CE and appliance industry executives will be allowed to attend despite Australia having a better COVID-19 record than the USA where tens of thousands died.
the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen now claims that fully vaccinated Americans have been given the okay to visit the European Union this year.
The news comes five months ahead of IFA Berlin, the world’s leading event for consumer electronics and appliances, which runs from September 3-7 in Berlin.
Earlier this year a shipment of more than 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were blocked from coming to Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at the time that 3.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been blocked from importation overseas by the EU.
IFA will be held as a full-scale, in-person event for the first time since 2019, and these easing travel restrictions will allow for greater participation.
“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyen said, according to the Times report. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.”
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 28% of Americans are now fully vaccinated, and that number is continuing to grow.
“What the world is basically saying is, they’re looking at the US, they’re looking at the success of our vaccination program, they’re looking at the reduction of disease, and while they know we’re not done yet, they’re saying those Americans are safe to come to our country without risk of spreading Covid-19,” White House senior Covid-19 adviser Andy Slavitt told CNN’s Pamela Brown.