German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed hope that unvaccinated people will also be able to go on summer vacations in Europe. This opinion was voiced by the head of the German government on Saturday after a meeting of EU leaders, The Local reports.
“Considering what low levels of infection some EU countries like Portugal already have now, I am very hopeful that we can afford overall what was possible last summer,” Merkel said.
The Chancellor stressed that the possibility of a summer vacation in Europe would “of course” apply to everyone regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.
“I cannot yet name the day when this will be the case,” she said.
As the level of infection falls, restrictions in Germany will be lifted.
“Hopefully that will be the case for the whole of Europe,” Merkel said.
The Chancellor added that the EU leaders discussed digital vaccination certificates – the so-called “green certificate.”
She said that, while the technical requirements, such as compatibility, are in place, there are still outstanding issues to be clarified regarding mutual recognition of vaccines that are not licensed in the EU.
Meanwhile, Angela Merkel expressed opposition to the Biden administration’s proposal to suspend intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, saying it would have “serious implications” for vaccine production worldwide.
The German chancellor thinks the limiting factors in vaccine supply are “production capacities and the high-quality standards, not the patents”.