The European Union approved this Tuesday expanding the use of COVID-19 certificates for a year, until the end of June 2023given the rebound in virus cases before the start of the summer holiday season.
With the aim of facilitating travel between the 27 nations of the bloc during the pandemic, the certificates came into force in July of last year and have been a useful tool to help community citizens move around the region in times of coronavirus without having to to face restrictions such as quarantines. EU nations have issued nearly 2 billion certificates.
The document stores that a person is vaccinated against the coronavirus, that they have tested negative in a recent screening test or that they have recovered from the disease..
The European Council said the rule could be withdrawn sooner. But after most European nations lifted coronavirus restrictions in recent months following improving data, the recent rise in infections driven by new variants is causing governments to rethink their strategies.
In France, for example, the Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignonrecommended this week the use of a mask again in crowded spaces and on public transport.
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