The European Commission has identified 137 products in strategic sectors, like healthcare and high tech, where the EU is highly dependent on imports.
India confirmed more than 20 million coronavirus infections on Tuesday in an official total believed to be a vast undercount.
Brussels considers that the latest scientific advice indicates that vaccination "considerably helps to break the transmission chain".
The largest study of its kind confirmed minority ethnic groups in England had a higher risk of testing positive for coronavirus, as well as hospitalisation, admission to intensive care, and death.
People with government-issued coronavirus immunity cards can now go indoors to restaurants, theatres, cinemas, spas, gyms and other recreational venues.
Prime minister Antonio Costa announced Portugal would move on to the next step of easing COVID restrictions 48 hours earlier than scheduled.
The country's domestic security agency can now monitor people and groups within the so-called 'Querdenker' movement.
According to data obtained by Euronews from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the B.1.617 variant has been detected in seven European countries.
Over the past 12 months, confidence in King Willem-Alexander has plunged from 76 per cent to 57 per cent.
Portugal's COVID-19 death toll stood unchanged on Monday at 16,965 after no deaths were reported over the previous 24 hours.
"Due to the lack of consistent and reliable data, Anvisa's Board of directors unanimously decided not to recommend the exceptional importation of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine," the watchdog said on Monday.
The new coronavirus measures will be the strictest implemented in Turkey since the beginning of the pandemic.
Global vaccine programmes need protection to avoid mass outbreaks of diseases other than COVID-19, the World Health Organization has warned.