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G7 Nations Agree to ‘Mutual Recognition’ of Vaccine Passports

G7 Nations Agree to ‘Mutual Recognition’ of Vaccine Passports

Health ministers from the G7 nations agreed Friday to devise a means for the “mutual acceptance” of vaccine passports to help restore global travel and commerce, days after the EU said that its digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate would be open to certain non-EU international travelers including those from the United States, subject to individual states’ acceptance of proof of vaccinations, recovery from Covid, or a negative test result.
The move is …

Belarus Faces Isolation and International Condemnation After Forcing Ryanair Plane to Land in Order to Arrest Dissident

Belarus Faces Isolation and International Condemnation After Forcing Ryanair Plane to Land in Order to Arrest Dissident

Belarus and its strongman president are facing international condemnation Monday, a day after forcing a Ryanair flight en route from Greece to Lithuania that was flying over Belarus to land in Minsk in order to arrest a dissident journalist using the ruse of a “potential security threat” that did not in fact exist.
Flight 4978, carrying 170 passengers including the journalist, Roman Protasevich, was en route from Athens to Vilnius when …

Germany Bans Travel from U.K. Amidst Rise in B.1.167 Covid Cases

Germany Bans Travel from U.K. Amidst Rise in B.1.167 Covid Cases

Officials in Germany announced a ban on most travel from Great Britain amidst concerns over the Indian variant of the coronavirus, known as B.1.167.
The ban goes into effect Sunday.
The move comes after the Robert Koch Institut, the country’s public health authority, classified Britain as an area of concern due to the Indian variant.
Germany citizens and residents of the country will stil be allowed to enter from Britain but will then …

German Scientist May Have Discovered Why Some Covid Vaccines Cause Blood Clots

German Scientist May Have Discovered Why Some Covid Vaccines Cause Blood Clots

A scientist in Germany believes he has found what is triggering rare yet deadly blood clots that appear to be a side effect from coronavirus vaccines from Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Speaking at conference at the Science Media Center Deutschland, the blood expert, Professor Andreas Greinacher, said he believes that a chemical in the vaccine can trigger an immune chain reaction that could lead to the rare side effect, an …

Coronavirus News Update – May 7: ‘The Third Wave Appears to Have Been Broken,’ Says German Health Minister

Coronavirus News Update – May 7: ‘The Third Wave Appears to Have Been Broken,’ Says German Health Minister

 
“The third wave appears to have been broken,” said Bundesgesundheitsminister Jans Spahn to reporters Friday, noting that the infection rate in Germany has been declining steadily since April 21.  “Now it’s a matter of sticking it out for the next few weeks,” he emphasized, cautioning that, “in this phase of the pandemic, the point is not to gamble away what has been achieved,” he said. “Too much impatience… would only …

Coronavirus News Update – May 4: FDA to Authorize Covid Vaccine for 12-to-15-Year-Olds

Coronavirus News Update – May 4: FDA to Authorize Covid Vaccine for 12-to-15-Year-Olds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in adolescents ages 12 to 15 by early next week, according to people familiar with the matter. The move will open up the vaccination campaign to a large and now vulnerable population.
As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded over 155.5 million Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.23 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a …

Great Moments in Travel History – May 2021

“Tra la, it’s May, the lusty Month of May,” as the song from “Camelot” goes. May, the fifth month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars is typically the epitome of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and of autumn in the Southern. May Day, typically celebrated on May 1, is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival that celebrates the season. It is also a public holiday in many countries, in …