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European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

European Leaders Consider Vaccine Passports but Plan No Change in Travel Restrictions

EU leaders convened via videoconference Thursday to address the bloc’s lagging vaccination rollout and other pandemic-related concerns including the issue of vaccination passports.
The main issue the union of 27 countries faces is whether to ease current travel restrictions, especially given that the bloc is one of the hardest hit areas in the world.
“The epidemiological situation remains serious, and the new variants pose additional challenges,” European leaders will reportedly say, according …

Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

Ford Accelerates Move to All-Electric in Europe with $1 Billion Investment

The Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday that all of its passenger cars and light trucks in Europe would be electric vehicles by 2030 and, as an intermediate step, either zero-emissions capable, all electric, or plug-in hybrid by 2026.
In addition, the automaker said two-thirds of commercial vehicle sales on the Continent would be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.
Ford said it would revamp its plant in Cologne, Germany, in order to …

The End is Near for Europe’s Deep Freeze

The End is Near for Europe’s Deep Freeze

The deep freeze that has enveloped much of the European continent over the past week is finally coming to an end.  Much of region reported sub-freezing high temperatures, although one country, Greece, enjoyed spring-like weather.
Air travel was largely unaffected given the coronavirus pandemic-induced drop in flights and increase in travel restrictions there.
Germany, which has been experiencing the coldest February since 2012, has seen temperatures plummet as low as -16° F …

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 11: New Cases and Deaths Decline, Germany Extends Lockdown

Coronavirus News Update – Feb. 11: New Cases and Deaths Decline, Germany Extends Lockdown

The daily coronavirus death toll in the United States appears to be in decline, following in lockstep with a drop in the number of new infections and fewer hospitalizations. The death toll is a lagging indicator and those figures began to drop in January.  The United States has reported under 100,000 new coronavirus cases for the past three days and the seven-day average has fallen 50% since peaking on January 8.
Germany’s …

Countries Tighten Borders as New Coronavirus Variants Spread Unabated

Countries Tighten Borders as New Coronavirus Variants Spread Unabated

Multiple countries are tightening their borders as multiple new mutations of the coronavirus spread throughout the world
The United States, which already has a ban on travelers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe, added a ban on visitors from Brazil and South Africa.
France and Germany are placing additional restrictions on who is allowed to enter.
Germany is restricting most travelers from the countries hit hardest by the new …

Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss to Ban ‘Everyday’ Face Masks on Flights

Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss to Ban ‘Everyday’ Face Masks on Flights

Lufthansa Group said it would ban what it termed “everyday” face masks and require passengers to don a medical-grade mask in keeping with new regulations in Austria and Germany intended to stem the spread of new coronavirus variants.
The action covers Austrian Airlines, Deutsche Lufthansa, and Swiss International Air Lines and effectively bans the wearing of cloth face masks.
Passengers must wear “either a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask or mask …

Austria, Germany, France to Ban Cloth Masks to Slow Spread of New Covid Strains

Austria, Germany, France to Ban Cloth Masks to Slow Spread of New Covid Strains

Multiple European countries are banning cloth face masks in an attempt to stem the spread of new, more transmissible strains of the coronavirus.
Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel announced new requirements for face masks worn in public last week, mandating medical-grade masks and forbidding ordinary cloth ones.  The rules apply to public transportation, in shops and other similar businesses, and in all workplaces.
Germany will send vouchers for 12 FFP-2 masks to all 34.1 …