Status: 02/26/2021 05:29 AM
The digital corona vaccination certificate should come in three months and apply across Europe – the EU summit agreed on this. Whether this is linked to freedom of travel is, however, controversial in the EU.
From Helga Schmidt,
ARD studio Brussels
The digital vaccination card should come and it should apply throughout Europe. Whether this will be combined with free travel remains to be seen. Above all, the holiday countries had demanded that. Spain, Portugal and Greece, including Austria, do not want to lose another holiday season.
ARD studio Brussels
Probably, as the German Chancellor was optimistic after the deliberations, the digital ID card for vaccinated people will be used until the summer. “The expectation is that it will be ready by summer,” said Merkel. However, that does not mean that the vaccination card allows free travel.
Two-class society should be avoided
Unlike the vacation countries, the Chancellor wants to leave open which specific rights are associated with the vaccination card. A two-class society should be avoided, even when traveling. Merkel also pointed out that at the moment too few people have been vaccinated to decide the issue of freedom of travel with the vaccination card – but one still has to prepare.
After the video summit, EU countries want to work more closely together on corona issues
Michael Grytz, ARD Brussels, daily news 8:00 p.m., February 25, 2021
National solo attempts by Germany and some other countries in border controls had already caused criticism from Brussels before the summit, and the Chancellor was under pressure. Strict controls at the borders with the Czech Republic and South Tyrol were inevitable, Merkel defended the decision: “I declared for Germany that in certain cases we are forced to introduce certain restrictions”. This applies to areas of high incidence or areas of mutation. There are exceptions for commuters and goods traffic – but this requires additional security such as tests.
Reminders for self-tests
Merkel warned the other EU countries to be careful with the self-tests. Confirmed experience with the reliability of the tests is necessary, only then should loosening be linked to it.
The British variant of the Corona virus has arrived in almost all member countries, reported Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen. Because of the high risk of infection, special efforts are now necessary. More infected people would have to be examined when asked whether the infection was caused by a mutated virus. With sequencing, von der Leyen promised the member countries support from the Commission.
Hope instead of promises
All 27 heads of state and government then agreed on their attitude towards the pharmaceutical companies. You want to tighten the thumbscrews, the delivery times should be more strictly controlled. Commission President von der Leyen said Biontech and Moderna would adhere to their duties. What AstraZeneca does is “closely monitored”.
AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot presented himself to a public hearing in the European Parliament in the afternoon during the video conference of the state and government. MEPs repeatedly asked him why he was delivering less than half the amount of vaccine to the EU than the contract promised. Evasive his answer. “We are working around the clock to expand production,” assured the pharma boss. He hoped to be able to catch up in the second quarter.
Hopes instead of promises, that upset some MPs. “Mr. Soriot, you are like a bar of soap. Impossible to pin down you.” The Finnish left-wing MEP Silvia Modig voiced what annoyed many MPs. Nothing binding on the controversial supply contract, lengthy statements on the complexity of vaccine production and several times the phrase that AstraZeneca strives around the clock. The hearing lasted more than three hours and the top managers of other pharmaceutical companies from which the EU had ordered vaccines were also interviewed.
Markus Preiß, ARD Brussels, with information on the EU summit
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