"Across the US there have been many more than 100,000 confirmed cases of the disease in the month of July. My neighbors both had it and have recovered. My niece in Spain had it too. It seems to pick its victims at random."
To state the obvious, the international mobility of people and goods has been severely impacted by pandemic restrictions. But while international travel restrictions have helped delay or reduce the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to some degree, they have caused societal and economic disruption and impacted untold number of lives. The resumption of safe international travel is an important step toward normality.
The situation in the United States is dire. Many are sorry that they voted for the Biden-Harris ticket. The Biden Administration points to the increased job figures as a sign of recovery but families go to food banks for help. One wishes you could warn the migrants heading for the US southern border that the American Dream is almost dead.
In February this year, the wearing of face mask outdoors in Spain has ceased to be obligatory. Later, on the 20th of April 2022, face mask indoors met the same fate. But not everyone would love to see the mask go.
At stake during the ratification of Spain's Labor Reform were the European Union's pandemic reconstruction funds -- the NGEU and MFF packages -- projected to reach €1824.3 billion, and the remedy for the precarious labor situation in Spain due to the structural anomaly in hiring.
"I am not opposed to the vaccines but I believe one should have the freedom to decide one’s own fate."
Black Friday is no longer a “day”. It has been extended to at least a few days. Many Spanish retailers are announcing that they’ll be on “Black” till the 28th which is the Sunday that closes the week of Black Friday. The longer Black Friday lasts, the better for the establishments that have suffered from the brutal lockdowns. Whether or not the shoppers’ billfolds could stand the extension is another matter altogether.
Dr. Hans Kluge, World Health Organization regional director for Europe, is all praises for Spain’s handling of the COVID vaccination during his meeting with Spain’s Minister of Health Carolina Darias on 8 November. With 90% of the target population (over 12 years of age) already fully vaccinated, Spain has made quite a record. And yet, Kruger notes that the country isn’t sleeping on its laurels. Instead, "Spain, despite having a very high level of vaccination, continues to put pressure on the virus and does not give up despite the [admirable] figures" it has achieved.
"The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Madrid is conducting as many visa interviews as possible. However, given the overwhelming demand for work and student visas, continued Covid-19 crowding restrictions, and staffing limitations, we regret that we will not be able to interview all applicants before their desired travel dates. We will keep adding more appointments in the following weeks as capacity allows."
Restrictions related to COVID-19. COVID-19 testing. Vaccine Information. Entry and Exit requirements. U.S. Consular operations. Etc.