The European Parliament approved this Thursday its plan to require a health certificate for travelers who want to travel within the European Union (EU), Although it introduced a series of amendments that could hamper negotiations before the final adoption of the document aimed at prioritizing the tourism season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The pass will serve to its holder to certify if he was vaccinated against Covid-19, if he is immunized because he has already overcome the disease or, as a third option, if he has a negative diagnostic test made in the 72 hours prior to the trip.

The detractors of the project believe that it could divide societies in such a way that inoculated people would be able to enjoy a life free of restrictions, while the majority, pending their vaccination, continue under restrictive regulations.

Despite this criticism, the project went ahead with a large majority of 540 votes in favor, 119 against and 31 abstentions and now it goes to the European Council that represents the member countries.

The Community Executive is convinced that it is “realistic and feasible” to achieve the agreement on time and that its technical development is also ready for June, when the tourist season begins, said a community spokesperson quoted by the Europa Press news agency.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, he celebrated on Twitter the “milestone” that the vote means and promised to “support and facilitate” an early conclusion of the discussions. But there are still some differences between the members to be overcome.

For the European Parliament, EU countries should not be able to impose any additional restrictive measures, such as quarantine, upon entry to their territory to holders of said certificate, while the member states want to reserve this possibility, which is within their competence, the AFP news agency reported.

MEPs also ask that tests be free, such as vaccines, something that already happens in some countries, like France, but in others the costs are very high.

In addition, they want this certificate to only take into account vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or a vaccine approved by the WHO through an emergency procedure.

At the moment, Four vaccines are licensed in the EU: those from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Source: Télam

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