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Rutte: EU countries may not be ready for the corona pass until August

Some EU countries may not be ready to allow travelers with the so-called corona pass until August.

With the corona certificate, travelers will soon be able to prove that they have been vaccinated, tested negative or have recently undergone an infection and are therefore protected.

As a result, with the summer season just around the corner, countries should be able to safely receive tourists and other travelers again.

The Netherlands itself wants to start with it at the end of June or the beginning of July, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not rule out other member states taking much more time.

The EU countries must agree again on the rules for the QR code with which travelers will soon be able to demonstrate that they are not carrying the corona virus.

If that works according to plan, it will take effect on June 21.

But the Member States will then have six weeks to implement them.

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More than 40 fewer corona patients in hospital

There are currently 2,478 corona patients

in hospitals

, 43 fewer than on Friday.

This is reported by the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS).

The total number of patients admitted on Saturday is the lowest since mid-April.

On April 17 there were 2,428 and on April 18, just like now, exactly 2,478.

At the end of April, the number peaked to just above 2,700.

There are currently seventeen hundred people with COVID-19 in the nursing wards.

That is 24 fewer than the day before.

The number of corona patients in intensive care is 778, nineteen fewer than on Friday.

A total of 1,184 ic beds are now occupied, of which 778 by people with COVID-19.

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Pfizer will supply an additional 1.8 billion corona vaccines to EU

Pharmaceuticals BioNTech and Pfizer will supply an additional 1.8 billion corona vaccines to the member states of the European Union over the next two years, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced.

Pfizer will deliver an additional 900 million doses to the EU from the end of this year, and a further 900 million from 2022.

Those vaccines will be distributed evenly among the Member States on the basis of population.

The extra order means that the Netherlands can expect at least 70 million extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine over the next two years.





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Six infected trial travelers have to stay longer on Gran Canaria

Six participants of the trial holiday to Gran Canaria have tested positive for the corona virus, travel agency TUI reports.

The infected travelers must therefore remain in quarantine for ten days on the Canary Island.

According to the travel organization, the infected travelers are doing well.

The six infected people will do a second corona test to be completely sure of their case.

Because of the infections, 183 test travelers will fly back to the Netherlands on Saturday evening instead of 189. Read




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India's official daily death toll passes four thousand

India has reported a record number of corona-related deaths in the past 24 hours on Saturday. For the first time, there were more than four thousand. In total, 4,187 deaths from COVID-19 were registered in India in the past 24 hours. This brings the total death toll in India to 238,270, the third highest in the world. 

The number of diagnosed corona infections in India increased by 401,078 between Friday and Saturday, a slight decrease from the day before. The total number of infections in the country with about 1.37 billion inhabitants comes to around 21.9 million.

According to experts, the official figures are a big underestimate of the real toll of the pandemic on the huge country.

The healthcare system is overloaded in many places in India.

Besides a shortage of beds, there are also major shortages of medical supplies, such as oxygen.

The Indian vaccination campaign has been hampered by a lack of vaccines.

Some 26 million Indians have been fully vaccinated and about 124 million have had a first dose.

India has 1.4 billion inhabitants.

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Belgium starts to relax on Saturday: end of curfew and terraces open.

The Belgian terraces may open again on Saturday after more than six months.

There will also be an end to the curfew in Belgium.

The easing was announced by the Belgian government two weeks ago, because according to the authorities, the corona virus now appears to be on the wane and easing is therefore justified.

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Head of British vaccine operation: UK


in August

The corona virus that causes the disease COVID-19 will no longer be circulating in the United Kingdom in August. Leaving chief executive of the British vaccine operation Clive Dix said this in the

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The Briton is convinced that so-called 'vaccine boosters' will not be necessary until the beginning of 2022. London is currently still investigating which corona vaccine is most suitable for this.

Dix expects everyone in the UK to have at least one shot before the end of July. "By then we will probably have protected everyone against the known coronavirus variants."

More than 51 million injections have already been taken in the United Kingdom.

The British are in second place in the ranking of the fastest vaccinating countries.

Half of the population has now received a first dose.

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According to Von der Leyen, countries must share vaccines Sharing

the available COVID-19 vaccines with each other, exporting produced vaccines and raw materials and investing in production capacity are the most important elements, according to President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. to be able to vaccinate and protect the world's population against the corona virus. 

Von der Leyen said this in Porto, Portugal, shortly before the start of an EU summit. She calls on the United States and other vaccine-producing countries to export supplies to countries where there is a shortage, rather than just releasing patents. 

EU leaders are discussing the issue of the patents at a working dinner as the United States unexpectedly expressed support for a proposal from India and South Africa to release the corona vaccine patents earlier this week.

According to von der Leyen, the EU has already exported more than 200 million doses to 90 countries.

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Many more corona-related deaths in India

The corona crisis in India does not seem to be diminishing for the time being.

On Friday, 401,229 new infections were registered, the authorities have said.

In addition, 4,191 deaths have been recorded, 276 more than on Thursday.

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De Jonge wants advice from RIVM on earlier vaccination of pregnant women.

Outgoing Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge wants to know whether it is wise to give pregnant women priority when vaccinating against COVID-19.

He asked the RIVM to find out whether pregnant women run a higher risk of a serious course of a corona infection. 

If that is the case, De Jonge wants to know whether this is reason to give pregnant women priority when vaccinating.

The department is waiting for the RIVM's advice, a spokesperson for the ministry reported Friday.

It is not clear when that will come.

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 to vaccinate all pregnant women with Moderna and Pfizer.

At first only women with fragile health were given this advice.

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