European Union gears up to "respond rapidly" to India's worrying COVID-19 situation

People carry oxygen cylinders after refilling them in a factory amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease in Ahmedabad India

With the intention to help India during a surge of coronavirus cases, the European Union is preparing to send rapid assistance to the South Asian country on a priority basis, the EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday. The news was announced by the head of the bloc's executive body in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday. "This will enable free movement and travel to the European Union".

"The program launched with the Rhode Island Department of Health submitting an error-riddled plan to the federal government in October, then after launching the program sank to last ranked for the percentage of population vaccinated in January and February".

White House senior Covid-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said von der Leyen's comments are affirmation of the U.S. vaccination program.

"Von der Leyen did note, however, that travel will be contingent on vaccination certificates showing proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (E.M.A.)", Axios added. All three of the vaccines approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization - Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson - were also approved by the EMA. It has nearly been a year since most of the countries across the globe shut down nonessential travels to put a cap on the spread of the COVID-19.

The European Parliament is set to vote this week on the proposal for Digital Green Certificate.

The report says this could include travellers to the European Union receiving an European Union vaccine-certificate equivalent on arrival after showing a bona fide certificate issued by his or her own government that they have been vaccinated.

Greece said last week that travellers from the European Union and five other countries who are vaccinated or have a recent negative Covid test will no longer have to quarantine on arrival. "We stand in full solidarity with the Indian people!"

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