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Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to visit the European Union this summer, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday.
"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."
Details on how this may occur or a timeline on when this may happen were not provided.
The European Union ceased all non-essential travel to the bloc more than a year ago in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt responded to the comment made:
"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," Slavitt told CNN's, Pamela Brown.
"Think about that. That's incredible," Slavitt said. "Just a few months ago, we were the nation in the world that was one of the most cut off from travel. That just shows what an incredible few months we've had vaccinating Americans.
“I think you're going to see increasing steps over the next few weeks on what vaccinated Americans can do, in addition to just travel - because not all of us travel - that are going to be very important," he said.
"There's no question that the key to getting back to life that we used to know is vaccination," Slavitt said.
Currently, data from the US Centres for disease control and prevention, show around 28% of Americans are now fully vaccinated.
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