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EU summit confronts vaccine rollout woes

Austria and Bulgaria for 'green passports'

25 February, 18:17
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, FEB 25 - EU leaders meet Thursday under pressure to speed up Europe's coronavirus vaccine rollout and facing demands from some capitals for a continent-wide vaccine passport. The video summit for the leaders of the 27-nation bloc comes a year into the Covid-19 crisis, as most of the EU is experiencing a second wave of cases -- or a third wave for some -- that stubbornly won't diminish. Brussels has warned six governments -- including Germany's -- about unilateral border restrictions, while tourist-dependent countries are piling on the pressure to lift travel barriers in time for summer vacations. Ahead of the videoconference, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for "green passports" to be issued to allow Europeans who have been vaccinated to travel and socialise. "We want to get back to normal as quickly as possible, have our old lives back and maximum freedom," Kurz tweeted. (ANSA-AFP).

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