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After a Rough Start, Europe Picks Up the Pace on Vaccines

MIN READApr 22, 2021 | 17:10 GMT

People wait in an observation area at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Catalonia Railway Museum on April 15, 2021, in Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain.

People wait in an observation area at a COVID-19 vaccination site in the Catalonia Railway Museum on April 15, 2021, in Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain.

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As COVID-19 vaccination campaigns accelerate, EU governments will soften their lockdown measures in the coming weeks to boost economic activity through the end of the year. On April 21, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said that measures such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks could be “relaxed” when fully vaccinated people meet with other fully vaccinated people. Several EU member states have also recently announced plans to soften their social distancing measures in the coming weeks. This is meant to allow additional sectors of the economy to reopen, as well as attract foreign tourists as weather conditions in Europe improve. ...

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