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In this March 30, 2021, file photo, German federal police officers check passengers arriving from Palma de Mallorca for a negative coronavirus test as they arrive at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Commission proposed Thursday, April 29, 2021, issuing Digital Green Certificates to EU residents to facilitate travel across the 27-nation bloc by the summer 2021, as long as they have been vaccinated, tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the disease. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

EU: Time to open up to COVID-19 vaccinated tourists

- The Washington Times

The European Commission proposed Monday to open member countries to vaccinated tourists from the U.S. and other places by early summer while including an “emergency brake” in case the COVID-19 picture suddenly worsens from aggressive variants.

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Kansas state Rep. Rui Xu, D-Westwood, holds his 18-month-old daughter, Astra, during a break in the House's work, Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Lawmakers are working late as they tried to finish their business for the year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas plan could give $500M in COVID relief to businesses

- Associated Press

Republicans pushed a plan through the Kansas Legislature early Saturday that could provide roughly $500 million to small businesses to offset losses tied to state and local restrictions meant to check COVID-19's spread last year.

Kansas state Sen. Kellie Warren, R-Leawood, talks to reporters about COVID-19 legislation during a break in the Senate's session, Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Warren is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is pushing for a ban on COVID-19 vaccine passports and limits on tracing the contacts of people with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas legislators approve COVID-19 relief for businesses

- Associated Press

Republican lawmakers in Kansas passed proposals by early Saturday to ban COVID-19 vaccine passports, limit efforts to track down the close contacts of people with the coronavirus and provide up to $500 million to businesses that closed or faced pandemic restrictions.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, the Champions League trophy is displayed before the semifinal soccer match between RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. Chelsea and Manchester City are due to meet on May 29 in Istanbul and UEFA was hoping to allow around 10,000 fans into the biggest club game of the European football season. But the British government on Friday May 7, 2021 warned supporters not to travel to Turkey after imposing the new travel restrictions, and said the English Football Association was in talks with Champions League organizer UEFA about staging the game in Britain, instead. (David Ramos/Pool Photo via AP, File)

England could host CL final due to new Turkey travel curbs

- Associated Press

The all-English Champions League final could be played at home after Turkey was added to England's “red list” of countries where all but essential travel is banned due to severe coronavirus outbreaks.

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 4, 2021, file photo, a health worker administers a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to residents of the Klong Toey area, a neighborhood currently having a spike in coronavirus cases, in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand sought Thursday, May 6, 2021, to assure its foreign residents that they can get COVID-19 vaccinations, countering comments by some officials suggesting they would be at the end of the line for inoculations. (AP Photo/Anuthep Cheysakron)

Thailand wants to buy more vaccines as surge worsens

- Associated Press

Thailand's prime minister said he wants to secure more vaccines for his country and give as many first doses as possible, as it battles a surge of the pandemic with Bangkok reporting a record number of cases.

Manuel Santamaria, 76, receives a shot of Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, May 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Spaniards hold their breath as sweeping virus measures end

- Associated Press

Spain will relax nationwide pandemic measures this weekend, including travel restrictions, but some regional chiefs are complaining that the six-month-long national state of emergency will be replaced by a patchwork of conflicting approaches.

Britain's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps speaks about COVID-19 during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, Friday May 7, 2021. (Tolga Akmen/Pool via AP)

UK to ease holiday travel ban yet keeps most quarantines

- Associated Press

Britain announced a “first tentative step” Friday toward resuming international travel, saying U.K. citizens will be able to travel to countries including Portugal, Iceland and Israel later this month without having to quarantine upon their return.

A health worker takes a man's pulse after giving him a shot of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at the Universidad Publica de El Alto, during a vaccination drive for people over 60, in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, May 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: Connecticut data show COVID-19 vaccine effective

- Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Of the more than 1.4 million Connecticut residents who are now fully vaccinated, 242 later became infected with COVID-19, according to data released Friday from the state Department of Public Health.