Fully vaccinated Americans have been given the okay to visit the European Union this summer by president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The news comes five months ahead of IFA Berlin, the world’s leading event for consumer electronics and appliances, which runs from September 3-7 in Berlin.
IFA will be held as a full-scale, in-person event for the first time since 2019, and these easing travel restrictions will allow for greater participation.
“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyen said, according to the Times report. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 28% of Americans are now fully vaccinated, and that number is continuing to grow.
“What the world is basically saying is, they’re looking at the US, they’re looking at the success of our vaccination program, they’re looking at the reduction of disease, and while they know we’re not done yet, they’re saying those Americans are safe to come to our country without risk of spreading Covid-19,” White House senior Covid-19 adviser Andy Slavitt told CNN’s Pamela Brown.
Jessica is the Chief Digital Editor for CT Lab Global Media, the North American platform for IFA Berlin.