European Union sues AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery shortfall

Police officers patrol on the Rhine promenade during heightened Covid-19 restrictions in Duesseldorf Germany

Von der Leyen's announcement follows France's recent unfolding of its plans to open for vaccinated U.S. citizens by summer.

"Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by the EMA [European Medicines Agency]".

"[EU President] Von der Leyen didn't specify when the rules will officially be relaxed, but the prospect of opening up tourism to Americans displays a buoyed confidence in both the American and European Union vaccination campaigns".

The coronavirus vaccines used in the United States should enable "free movement and travel" to the European Union, said von der Leyen in the interview, published on Sunday 25 April.

The European Parliament will be ready to ratify the EU's COVID "green" pass in June, a key lawmaker said Monday (29 March), paving the way for easier travels during the key summer season.

The New York Times reports that technical discussions are ongoing between European Union and USA officials about making vaccine certificates from each place broadly readable so that citizens can use them to travel without restrictions. "This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union", the president of the European Commission said.

She did not say when travel could resume. Thus, the resumption of tourism in Europe would bring a much-needed financial boost for countries, the GDP of which is largely supported by the travel and tourism sector.

"What matters is to us in this case is that we want to make sure that there is a speedy delivery of sufficient number of doses that the European citizens are entitled to and which have been promised on the basis of the contract".

As of last week, fully vaccinated people entering Ireland are exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine but are required to quarantine at home.

"We're getting close to it and by July there'll be very, very significant vaccination across Europe, so our position will change in terms of travel advice. We believe any litigation is without merit and we welcome this opportunity to resolve this dispute as soon as possible", the company said in a statement.

In addition to EU Chief and Germany, several other countries have also hinted at helping India out of the crisis - namely Australia, Russia, US, UK, Pakistan, Singapore, France among others.