Cabinet is working on vaccination proof for domestic events
In the coming weeks, the caretaker cabinet hopes to take steps towards a vaccination document that is valid in the Netherlands as an admission ticket to events and with which travelers can go on holiday abroad. The intention is that the House of Representatives will have three weeks in early June to assess the desirability of the initiative. Outgoing minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health, CDA) will also ask the Health Council for advice on this he writes to the House.
In the meantime, De Jonge is investigating the technical and legal snags of a vaccination passport. The European Commission has long been in favor of the plan to get tourism back on track for travelers who can demonstrate with a QR code on their phone that they have been vaccinated or have tested negative. Southern European countries such as France and Spain hope to be able to allow tourists again via this route.
The cabinet is now considering introducing such a document for incoming travelers as a possible exemption from the quarantine obligation – which may also apply from June – or a negative test obligation. De Jonge also checks whether a vaccination passport works for outgoing passengers and as an alternative to a test certificate “for access to certain activities” within the Netherlands. Now visitors can visit zoos, sporting events or concerts at trial events based on a test certificate.
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Here likes NRC the latest developments regarding the global corona pandemic. This was the main news of Tuesday May 4:
- There are in the 52,087 positive corona tests last week reported, more than three thousand fewer than the week before. In the past 24 hours, the number of reported positive corona tests decreased compared to the day before: 7,830 positive tests were reported, 1,395 fewer than Monday. Furthermore, there were 2,613 corona patients in Dutch hospitals on Tuesday, 29 fewer than the day before.
- The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is going through an accelerated procedure or developed by China corona vaccine Sinovac is effective in fighting the virus. In this way, the drug will be assessed more quickly, so that it can possibly be used more quickly, the EMA reports on Tuesday.
- In January in the Netherlands 4,387 people died to the effects of Covid-19. That is the highest number in one month since May 2020, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports Tuesday. The number of corona deaths from March 2020 to January 2021 thus comes to 24,484, according to these provisional figures.
- The American Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has increased its sales forecast for the corona vaccine. The company announced this on Tuesday at the presentation of the quarterly figures. Pfizer now expects annual sales of $ 26 billion (about $ 21 billion) from sales of the vaccine, while previously it was expected to generate sales of $ 15 billion.
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