"[EU President] Von der Leyen didn't specify when the rules will officially be relaxed, but the prospect of opening up tourism to Americans displays a buoyed confidence in both the American and European Union vaccination campaigns".
The bloc is hoping an uptick in deliveries - which also includes the Moderna and the single-shot Johnson & Johnson jabs - can help it gain ground on inoculation pacesetters like the United States and Britain.More news: India's hospitals on verge of Covid collapse amid national oxygen shortage
Travel between the United States and Europe has been banned since March 2020, when the European Union leaders agreed to enforce travel restrictions for foreigners in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19, SchengenVisaIfo.com reports.
"She said: "[Travel will depend] on the epidemiological situation, but the situation is improving in the United States, as it is, hopefully, also improving in the European Union".
The pandemic has ravaged tourism on the continent, with many nations shutting borders for non-essential travel. The Green Certs are effectively an EU-wide database that would confirm someone is fully vaccinated and is therefore in a different risk category for travel.More news: National advisory committee recommends AstraZeneca vaccine for people 30 and older
"What matters to us in this case is that we want to make sure that there's a speedy delivery of a sufficient number of doses that European citizens are entitled to, and which have been promised on the basis of the contract", he said.
"We are making progress addressing the technical challenges and our output is improving, but the production cycle of a vaccine is very long which means these improvements take time to result in increased finished vaccine doses".
As of last week, fully vaccinated people entering Ireland are exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine but are required to quarantine at home.More news: Biden Plans To Cut Emissions At Least In Half By 2030
European Union countries agreed this month to launch Covid-19 travel passes that would permit people who have been vaccinated against the disease, recovered from an infection or have tested negative to travel more easily. "We believe any litigation is without merit and we welcome this opportunity to resolve this dispute as soon as possible". We're a global island in terms of our economy, in terms of our society and in terms of our people.