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Tourists wait to check in for a flight to Mallorca at Frankfurt Airport on June 15, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

The European Union on Wednesday said it would allow vaccinated people to travel into its countries, easing restrictions that were placed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Washington Post reports.

Details: Travelers would need to have taken vaccines approved for use in the EU, which would include all available in the U.S. and exclude those made in Russia and China.

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May 18, 2021 - Health

Texas governor bans mask mandates for public schools, local governments

Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo: Lynda M. Gonzalez/Pool/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting government entities in the state, including public schools, from requiring masks.

The big picture: About 30% of Texans have been fully vaccinated against COVID, but the vast majority of children are unvaccinated, the Texas Tribune reports.

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  3. Politics: U.S. to buy 500 million Pfizer doses to share with the world — State Department eases travel advisories for dozens of countries.
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May 18, 2021 - Health

600,000 kids between 12 and 15 have received Pfizer dose since FDA authorization

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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced on Tuesday that 600,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 have received a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine since the FDA granted emergency authorization for that age group last Monday.

Why it matters: Vaccinating teens and children will play a key role in fully reopening schools and fully curbing the pandemic in the U.S.