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The Recap: Relaxations, Restrictions & Rebookings

Brussels Airport. Credit: Belga

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EU Commission wants penalty payments to force AstraZeneca to deliver 90 million doses: The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against AstraZeneca to force the company to deliver 90 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine. “We are asking the judge to recognise the urgency of the situation and to order the delivery of the vaccines”

Cheat Sheet: How Belgium Leaves Lockdown: Belgium will officially relax its current coronavirus restrictions in several stages over the coming months, as part of a wider summer plan.

Free rebooking of Brussels Airlines flights extended until end of July: People who booked a flight with Brussels Airlines and all other airlines from the Lufthansa Group after August 2020 can continue to rebook for free until 31 July 2021.

Flanders wants to hire more teachers to combat the learning gap from coronavirus: Flemish Minister of Education Ben Weyts wants to hire hundreds of extra teachers to mitigate the effects of what educators see as a learning deficit caused by the coronavirus.

Café owners get threatening message from someone claiming to be Belgian mayor: Several café and restaurant owners in Tournai received an email from someone who claimed to be Mayor Paul-Olivier Delannois that contained threats about what would happen if they did not respect the coronavirus measures.

Expect closures as transport, banks and post offices adapt their services for holiday weekend: The Brussels public transport company STIB, the Flemish De Lijn and Belgian railway SNCB are all adapting their services for the Ascension holiday weekend ahead, while Bpost will close its offices on Thursday and Friday.

With ‘several thousand’ unclaimed appointments this week, Brussels calls on over-45s to get vaccinated: People over the age of 45 in Brussels are being urged to make an appointment for a coronavirus vaccine, as the Common Community Commission says there are still “several thousand” slots free this week.

US to start vaccinating teens over age of 12 against coronavirus: The United States will start vaccinating teens aged 12 to 15 as the approval of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine has been extended to include this age group.

The Brussels Times