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The Recap: Passports, Population & Protection

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Travelling with ‘Covid passport’ possible from end of June, says Reynders: The EU’s so-called “Covid passport” – the Digital Green Certificate – to travel freely during the pandemic should be ready for use from the end of June.

What to expect from tomorrow’s Consultative Committee: Belgium’s Consultative Committee will meet again on Wednesday to discuss possible relaxations of the coronavirus measures after the Easter holidays. Here’s what could be discussed.

Two million people have now received first vaccine dose in Belgium: 2 million people in Belgium have now received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, that’s roughly 20% of the population of Belgium, or 1 in 5 people.

Getting vaccinated during Ramadan is not a problem, Muslim Executive stresses: As many Muslims in Belgium started their traditional month of fasting on Tuesday, the Muslim Executive (EMB) stressed that getting vaccinated during Ramadan is not a problem.

People in Belgium are finding it ‘increasingly difficult’ to limit journeys: People in Belgium are finding it “increasingly difficult” to limit and reduce their journeys, but that is “an understandable trend,” according to interfederal Covid-19 spokesperson Yves Van Laethem.

China’s COVID-19 vaccines ‘Don’t have very high protection rates’: After concerns about the efficacy rates of China’s Sinovac vaccine, the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, commented that they “will solve the issue that current vaccines don’t have very high protection rates.”

‘Exhausted by coronavirus pandemic’: Austrian health minister quits post: Austrian Health Minister, Rudolf Anschober, announced his resignation on Tuesday, saying he felt “exhausted” by the management of the coronavirus crisis in the country.

Johnson & Johnson ‘proactively’ delays vaccine deliveries to Europe: The American pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson will “proactively” delay deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine to Europe following reports of rare blood clots after vaccination in the US.

The Brussels Times