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Summer vacation only for vaccinated people? Mediterranean countries rush forward - Corona summit divides the EU


A vaccination certificate is being discussed in the EU. The last chance for summer tourism? Or a mistake in terms of ethics? But there is another problem.

A vaccination certificate is being discussed in the EU.

The last chance for summer tourism?

Or a mistake in terms of ethics?

But there is another problem.

  • Greece demands a vaccination certificate for summer vacationers.

  • Anyone who is vaccinated against the coronavirus should be allowed to travel within the EU without restriction.

  • Critics have ethical concerns, supporters see an opportunity for summer tourism.

Brussels - Should vaccinated people receive preferential treatment?

As the first federal minister,

Heiko Maas

(SPD) recently called for people with

corona vaccinations to be given

certain special rights: "



should be able to exercise their basic rights again," the foreign minister told

Bild am Sonntag


Specifically, this could mean a visit to a restaurant or cinema, said the SPD politician.

Corona summit of the EU: Greece demands vaccination certificate

Health Minister

Jens Spahn

(CDU) then endeavored not to lead this debate at all or not yet to lead it.

“As long as it is not clear whether a person who has been vaccinated can transmit the virus, there can be no exceptions,” said the Federal Ministry of Health.

The fact that the previously rather theoretical debate has long been a source of ignition became evident on Thursday at the latest during the

EU summit


Greece's Prime Minister

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

called for people who have been vaccinated to travel freely - on the basis of a

vaccination certificate


throughout the

European Union


This move sparked divided reactions within the EU.

While some countries like



France are

still holding back, more and more countries are rushing forward.

Corona summit of the EU: Council President wants to resolve "sensitive debate"

In addition to








and especially

Spain are in

favor of such an EU-wide vaccination passport.

Spanish Foreign Minister

Arancha Gonzalez

sees such a document as "a very important element in ensuring a safe return to mobility".

Meanwhile, the supporters of the vaccination certificate received support from

EU Council President Charles Michel in

the evening


On Dutch television, the Belgian welcomed Greece's advance - even if it did not create immediate enthusiasm in every EU member state: "The debate is sensitive, but just because a debate is complicated or sensitive, we must not avoid it." is his job to create a "European unity even for difficult questions".


The EU heads of state and government want to vote at their video summit on how to deal with new variants of the new corona virus.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (below, 2nd from right) is also there.

© Olivier Hoslet / Pool EPA / AP / dp

Corona in Europe: The number of people vaccinated within the European Union

The biggest controversy at the EU summit currently seems to be the timing,


knows that too


Because comparatively few people in the EU are currently





In the entire

European Union

it is 1.58 percent.

The discrepancy within the EU is huge.


more than three percent of the population is already vaccinated





, it is

significantly less than a hundredth

in the





Incidentally, the EU Commission considers a

vaccination rate


70 percent

of adults in the EU to be feasible by August.

EU state

Vaccination rate in percent *

1. Malta


2. Denmark


3. Ireland


4. Spain


7. Italy


10. Austria


11. Germany


14. Sweden


21. Greece


23. Portugal


24. France


26. Netherlands


27. Bulgaria


Corona summit of the EU: EPP boss Weber sees "ethical problems at the beginning"


EU Council President

understands that the move could lead to problems



spoke of the "great frustration" of non-vaccinated people who would then be denied travel.

The advocates of the vaccination certificate meanwhile argue with the worrying economic situation.

Countries like




are simply dependent on summer tourism.

A lack of income is fatal.

Due to the current low vaccination rate, however, it is forbidden to have this debate now, countered the other side.

The move was "very premature," said France's European

Minister Clement Beaun


The group of Christian Democrats in the EU Parliament, the

European People's Party

, also took note of the debate with mixed feelings: "We see ethical problems at the beginning, as certain groups will only have access to the vaccine later," said group leader

Manfred Weber (CSU)



, “but we are currently necessarily severely restricting the basic rights of citizens.

That has to be re-weighed as soon as a person protects himself and, in a certain sense, others from infection. "

Corona summit of the EU: Von der Leyen strives for neutrality - debate continues

However, some in the EU Parliament categorically reject this consideration alone.

EU Commissioner

Maros Sefcovic

argued that all the advantages of a

corona vaccination

discriminate against all people who cannot or do not want to be vaccinated and “limit their rights and freedoms.” Federal Interior Minister

Horst Seehofer

(CSU) recently hit a similar line and sees in privileges for vaccinated people a compulsory vaccination through the back door.

That could divide society.


EU Commission President

Ursula von der Leyen

tried to be neutral.

In the finest diplomatic language, the former Federal Minister declared that it was a "political and legal decision".

It was not clear what role she played in this.

And that's probably not the only reason why the debate will continue to


the EU well beyond the

Corona summit


Exit open.


* Source: Our World in Data, as of January 21, 9:30 p.m.

Incidentally, the global vaccination rate is 0.7 percent.

It is greatest in Israel, where 37.1 percent of the population have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.

You can find the full list here.

List of rubric lists: © Olivier Hoslet / Pool EPA / AP / dp

Source: merkur

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