The WHO has warned that half of Europe will be infected with the new COVID variant in two months. The variant turned out to be a milder version of the virus, with those contracting it experiencing less severe symptoms. As a result, European Union Member States, are considering treating the Coronavirus like the flu. According to reports, Spain is the first EU country to suggest people start getting used to living with COVID-19.
You Might Need Booster Dose To Travel To Europe
Despite successful vaccination campaigns, some European nations are witnessing new highs in COVID-19 cases. Thus the European Commission has proposed that European Union residents who wish to travel to another nation in the bloc without quarantine or tests need to get COVID-19 vaccine booster jabs. According to a Reuters report, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has stated, “For everyone to travel and live as safely as possible, we need to reach significantly higher vaccination rates – urgently. We also need to reinforce our immunity with booster vaccines.” Also, the EU executive has proposed to approve all vaccines recognised by the World Health Organisation ( WHO). This will permit non-essential travel to European nations from all over the world for people inoculated with Indian and Chinese vaccines.
CDC Recommends Booster Doses For All Adults
Several residents in the European Union countries have received their final vaccine doses in the second and third quarters of 2021. This means the immunity coverage of these vaccines might expire by mid-2022. Thus the authorities are mulling over focusing on booster doses. Recently, Greece has proposed that people who have been jabbed with a dose in the past six months can travel freely in the nation. As per the recommendation of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, all adults should receive booster doses, especially those aged above 40.
Flights From Europe & Africa From Kochi To Resume Soon; Details Here
In a major development, travellers will soon be able to fly to European and African countries from Kochi. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured that travellers will have several flight options to Europe and Africa from the Cochin International Airport. The announcement of adding flights to this route has come as a huge relief for those waiting to travel to these destinations from Kerala.
Air India Had Started Direct Flights From Kochi To Europe Last Year
The direct air connectivity between Kochi and Europe has been a long-cherished demand of the NRIs and business community in the port city. Last year, Air India started operating commercial flights between London and Kochi but they soon came to a halt due to the international flight ban. Air India also operates stopover flights from Heathrow Airport, Australia, and cities in the US to Kochi regularly.
— Cochin International Airport (@KochiAirport) August 7, 2021
Meanwhile, Kerala has revised its domestic travel advisory for fully vaccinated passengers. Travellers who have taken both doses of the vaccine do not require a negative RT-PCR test report to enter the state. They will just need to show a valid vaccination certificate at the airport or at the time of boarding the flight.