The European Commission has said that EU citizens injected with the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 should be able to travel to the US, despite the jab still lacking approval from the American regulator.

On Monday, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients announced that in “early November” the US is planning to reopen for air travelers from 33 countries, including the Schengen Area, which includes 22 out of the EU’s 27 member states. However, Zients didn’t specify what vaccines will be considered acceptable by the US authorities, only saying that many details of the new policy are still being decided upon.

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“We believe the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe,” Eric Mamer, European Commission spokesperson, insisted when asked to clarify if those injected with the British jab will be able to fly to the US when the border opens.

“From our point of view, obviously it would make sense for people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca to be able to travel,” he said during a press conference. However, Mamer pointed out that it will be up to the US authorities to make the decision on the issue.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has so far approved three locally made jabs from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. (RT)