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The European vaccine passport for covid is coming in a couple of months. Those who received the coronavirus vaccine could use the document to get on the plane, travel more easily, participate in a ‘mass’ event and resume a ‘normal’ life more easily. In the EU, the ‘passport’ could become a reality from 15 June and guarantee greater freedom of movement.

The European Commissioner for Industry Thierry Breton illustrated the characteristics of the document which is destined to enter into force in less than 3 months and in any case remain optional. Breton – in an interview with RTL, Lci and Le Figaro – showed the prototype of the vaccine passport. The “certificate” at European level will be both in paper and digital format, explained Breton. Equipped with a “QR code”, it will indicate “the type of vaccine received”, “if you have been a carrier of the disease” and “if you have antibodies”. What will it be for? It may be required to take a plane, attend an “important event” or enter a public place, but it is not mandatory, the commissioner specified.

“At the same time, we are developing the ability to perform rapid antigen tests,” Breton said, explaining that in the absence of a certificate, a negative test at Covid-19 will be required. The goal, explained the European Commissioner, is that of “regaining the ability to live together without being a risk” and “having the ability to reopen” activities. We must organize ourselves very quickly “, he reiterated. Breton, showing the passport that” in two or three months “will be available in all 27 countries of the European Union, stressed that this” health certificate “will be a means” ‘to be requested, voluntary’ ‘.

As the vaccination campaign in the EU proceeds, the passport “will be a tool for an orderly reopening, above all a certification of people who we can consider out of danger and less dangerous”, said David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, at Mezz ‘ hour more. “The European Parliament will vote on this measure on April 26, and we too, like Commissioner Breton, think that in June it will be a tool to reopen some activities and allow the elderly, who are the first to be vaccinated, to resume a normal life”.

“The Commission -he added- says that we will be able to vaccinate 70 percent at the end of the summer and Breton is confirming it every day. Of course this must be put in place because we actually have serious delays, we are all busy because the supply chain allows for mass vaccination and reaching 70% of European citizens is a very difficult undertaking. “


The arrival of the vaccine passport for the summer is destined to have effects on the resumption of tourism and could reactivate the flows towards Italy: our country has suffered a hole of about 27 billion in the expenses of travelers from abroad which have collapsed 61% in 2020 compared to the previous year, hitting a minimum for at least twenty years. The numbers are contained in Coldiretti’s analysis based on Bank of Italy data.

A turning point – underlines Coldiretti – to save summer tourism after six out of ten foreign travelers (59%) had to give up coming to Italy in 2020 for a total of 57 million tourists blocked at the borders by the emergency. And in the Easter lockdown – Coldiretti remembers – the national one is practically zeroed with one in three Italians (32%) who had travel plans for holidays, trips out of town or visits to relatives and friends during the Easter and Easter Monday holidays. The absence of foreigners in Italy weighs on tourist hospitality in the most popular destinations which are greatly affected by their lack also because, Coldiretti underlines, visitors from European countries traditionally have a high spending capacity.

The cities of art, which are the historic tourist destinations from abroad, were penalized, but also the over 24 thousand national farmhouses where foreigners in some regions traditionally represent more than half of the guests according to Campagna Amica.

The shortage of vacationers spills over into the economy as a whole due to the lack of expenses for accommodation, food, transport, entertainment, shopping and souvenirs. It is no coincidence that in 2020 the most negative results in consumption – continues Coldiretti – were hotels and restaurants with a decrease of 40.2% followed by transport which fell by 26.5% and expenses for recreation and culture which go down by 22.8%.

In fact, Coldiretti concludes, food has become the main item of the budget of families on holiday in Italy with about one third of the expenditure of Italians and foreigners destined for the table for meals in restaurants, pizzerias, trattorias or farmhouses, but also for food. street food or food and wine specialties.


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