At a time when we are yearning for normalcy, President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, delivered a sign of hope. She has granted fully vaccinated Americans the ability to visit the European Union this summer. This comes as welcome news to many, as we are five months ahead of IFA Berlin, the world’s leading event for consumer electronics and appliances, which runs from September 3-7 in Berlin.
Easing the travel restrictions will allow for greater participation in the conference, which will be held as a full-scale, in-person event. The show will highlight brands that emphasize the importance of the smart home environment.
“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyen said, according to the Times report. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 28% of Americans are now fully vaccinated, and that number is continuing to grow.
“What the world is basically saying is, they’re looking at the US, they’re looking at the success of our vaccination program, they’re looking at the reduction of disease, and while they know we’re not done yet, they’re saying those Americans are safe to come to our country without risk of spreading Covid-19,” White House senior Covid-19 adviser Andy Slavitt told CNN’s Pamela Brown.