Containment forever! EU votes to extend COVID certificate until 2023

European Union Civil Liberties Committee officials have voted to approve extending the bloc’s use of its transnational COVID certificate until 2023.

Although public discourse has largely shifted to the issues of the war in Ukraine and the current cost of living crisis, the EU still seems quite concerned about the COVID-19 virus, with the bloc’s Civil Liberties Committee having voted on Thursday to extend its transnational COVID certificate use for another 12 months.

It comes as officials in EU countries start making noise again about rising COVID cases, with Germany’s now infamous lockdown-loving health minister again recommending that people wear face coverings indoors.

In a press release published on the official EU website on Thursday, the bloc announced that the Civil Liberties Committee had voted 51 to 11 in favor of keeping the COVID certificate system active on the grounds that the pass system would always be in place “in case it is necessary”.

Under this scheme, all EU citizens who have been vaccinated against the disease in the last 270 days, contracted the disease in the last 180 days or tested negative in the last 72 hours have Entitlement Document designed to allow people from around the world block to more easily prove their medical condition to state authorities.

Meanwhile, those who have been given a booster shot against the virus are entitled to a version of the pass which – at the time of writing – does not expire, but that could be subject to change.

The decision to extend the pass system must now be approved by the European Parliament during a plenary session in Brussels, with a vote scheduled for June 23.

The one-year extension of the passes comes as ministers from countries across Europe begin again to hint that the spread of COVID-19 could once again be seen as a problem that may need to be tackled via security restrictions. lockdown.

“[The] The number of people hospitalized positive for CoVid has exceeded 300. Intensive care cases are also increasing,” wrote Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on social media last week.

“It could be a blip. It could be the start of a summer surge,” he continued. “Immunity is going down, that’s for sure. Please get your call back if you haven’t.

Meanwhile, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach also expressed concern over the rise in numbers, asking people to voluntarily wear masks indoors again to curb the spread of the disease.

“A summer wave was to be expected,” said the minister said. “The voluntary wearing of masks indoors and a 4th vaccination are the best antidotes.”

“The fourth vaccination protects against serious diseases and reduces the risk of infection for a few months, although not completely,” he continued. “Now that helps a lot.”

The minister has also – interestingly – started pushing for more research to be done on the potential unintended side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, arguing that – as he continues to push for people get bitten – discussions of unintended consequences should not be ignored.

“Post-vac syndrome needs better investigation. We recommend both COVID and post-COVID vaccination. The benefit outweighs the risk in any age group,” he said. stated in social media Publish that linked to an article of The Spiegel discuss the “unexplainable symptoms” experienced by some who have taken the hit.

“Despite this, post-vac is not a taboo subject and should be studied and addressed,” he continued.

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