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Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has launched a compensation program for travelers who missed their flights because of lengthy delays that have plagued the busy European hub for months. Schiphol’s announcement Thursday night heads off a possible mass claim for compensation by passengers who saw their holiday plans evaporate amid hourslong delays for security screening. The Dutch airport was one of several across Europe that was plunged into chaos by staff shortages and soaring demand as air travel rebounded strongly from two years of COVID-19 restrictions. Airlines and airports slashed jobs during the pandemic, making it difficult to quickly ramp back up to serve the new burst of travelers.

Germany’s health minister said Friday that the European Medicines Agency could authorize vaccines next month that are each effective against two variants of the coronavirus. Karl Lauterbach told reporters in Berlin that he expects the EU’s drug regulator to meet Sept. 1 to consider a vaccine which would provide protection against the original virus and the so-called omicron variant, also known as BA.1. The EMA will likely meet again on Sept. 27 to review a combined vaccine against the original virus and the BA.5 variant that is responsible for the latest global surge in cases, he said. Lauterbach said Germany has procured sufficient amounts of both vaccines and would be able to start rolling them out soon after they have been authorized by the EMA.

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