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According to the head of the EU Commission, the accelerated rate of vaccination in the United States and the talks between the authorities of the U.S. and EU regarding the mutual acceptance of vaccine certificates will allow the Commission and the EU to make adjustments in the existing policy and restore trans-Atlantic leisure travel. "We are ready to support", Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on Sunday. The agency has approved the three vaccines used in the United States.

Travel restrictions keep evolving for those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine shots.

"[EU President] Von der Leyen didn't specify when the rules will officially be relaxed, but the prospect of opening up tourism to Americans displays a buoyed confidence in both the American and European Union vaccination campaigns".

The European Union said Monday it has launched legal action against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca over coronavirus vaccine delivery shortfalls that hampered efforts to kickstart inoculations across the bloc.

The European Commissioner said that the USA was "on track" and making "huge progress" with its vaccination campaign, in a bid to vaccinate 70% of adults by June. Thus, the resumption of tourism in Europe would bring a much-needed financial boost for countries, the GDP of which is largely supported by the travel and tourism sector.

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Another diplomat said humanitarian aid could be offered to Myanmar if conditions improved. The face-to-face summit is the first by ASEAN leaders in more than a year.

As of last week, fully vaccinated people entering Ireland are exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine but are required to quarantine at home.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume travel at low risk to themselves, the agency is still not recommending travel given rising COVID case counts.

And more than half (59%) said that they would be happy to use a digital health pass if it meant that they could start travelling earlier.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said there is some way to go on a European level to finalise the Green cert proposal but that the position of the government on travel will change when more vaccinations have taken place. We're a global island in terms of our economy, in terms of our society and in terms of our people.

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