Vaccinated, and after? The Grand European Bazaar

Happy Bavarian! This Thursday, May 6, the Munich newspapers are making their headlines on the rediscovered freedom of the vaccinated. From today, anyone who has had both injections, including the second for at least two weeks, or who has recovered from the virus, escapes the curfew and is now entitled to go to their hairdresser, at the zoo or in a store, without having to produce a PCR test. Masks and social distancing nevertheless remain in place.

A pioneer with Lower Saxony, Bavaria also decided that from May 21, for the Pentecost Bridge, it would reopen the terraces of bars and restaurants, as well as campsites and hotels in all the cantons where the incidence rate of the Covid is low. Thus, this Land in southern Germany has once again taken the lead on federal rules, when public opinion demands more readability in the measures.

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Because at the beginning of the week, the government of Angela Merkel also decided to release the pressure for the vaccinated. But the Bundestag and the Bundesrat must first give their agreement and it is probably only this weekend that all

Germans protected by the precious serum or by antibodies should be able to escape the constraints of the curfew and PCR tests.

1.1 million Germans vaccinated in one day

In this new phase of the pandemic, where it loosens the noose, while vaccinating at a forced pace (with a record of 1.1 million doses injected in one day, on April 28), Federal Germany shows how much it is difficult to stay united. It is struggling to harmonize the policy of its Länder, like Brussels with the 27 Member States. While in France we are still slinging about the problems of equality between vaccinated and unvaccinated, as the European Commission is working on a “green certificate” for the month of June, once again, several of the capitals are going it alone in the reduction of anti-Covid measures.

Thus, in Vienna, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is planning the “upcoming launch of a national green certificate” to boost the economy and tourism. Same goal for Italy, which awaits the redemption of its summer season. On May 4, Council President Mario Draghi announced the introduction of a “green certificate” by the end of the month. In the Czech Republic, technical tests will start within ten days to release a digital certificate “as quickly as possible”. According to the news site Euractiv, Slovenia and Hungary have already concluded a mutual recognition agreement for their respective certificates.

“Covid-free” islands

As for Greece, whose 20% of the economy depends on foreign visitors, and which has been campaigning since January for a “European vaccine passport”, it has already vaccinated the inhabitants of all its small islands, to make them “Covid-free “and attract summer visitors. Even before the opening of its season in a few days, Athens concluded a deal with the Jewish state allowing vaccinated Israelis to spend holidays in the Hellenic Republic.

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As the 27 advance in dispersed order, the British newspapers headlined yesterday, 5 May, triumphantly: “UK may never need to re-limit again”. The reason: scientists have just announced that, if everyone over 50 receives a third dose by Christmas, the country will live in peace … In the meantime, the immune Bavarians have been tasting their newfound freedom since this morning. But with caution. For the second year in a row, Munich has just abandoned its legendary Oktoberfest.

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