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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

Helena Bachmann in Geneva
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Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Cars line up to cross the Italian - Swiss border at the Ponte Chiasso customs post between Como and Chiasso, north of Milan, on March 9, 2020. - While some packed their bags and fled, most in northern Italy stayed to brave a lockdown imposed by the government on some 15 million people, as it ramps up the fight against the deadly coronavirus. The country on March 8 recorded the second-highest coronavirus toll in the world, after reporting a sharp jump in deaths, from 133 to 366, and overtaking South Korea on infections. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Find out what's going on today in Switzerland with The Local's short roundup of the news.


Curevac has asked Switzerland to approve its vaccine

The German manufacturer has submitted an application for the authorisation of its Covid-19 vaccine, Switzerland’s drug surveillance agency, Swissmedic, announced.

The vaccine is now under rolling review, which means Swissmedic is evaluating all the scientific data as soon as it becomes available, without having to await the final results of the clinical trials.

Curevac’s technology — mRNA— is similar to that of Moderna and Pfizer / Biontech vaccines currently used in Switzerland, and it is also administered in two doses.

There’s no timeline for approval, as it depends “on the completeness of the data submitted by CureVac and the results of the clinical trials”, according to Swissmedic.


Switzerland speeds up the creation of the vaccine passport

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is working out this week the form that the future vaccination certificate should take, so that it is recognised at Swiss and international level.

The Parliament already established the legal basis for the vaccination certificate during its spring session in March.

So far, around 50 options have been proposed to the Federal Council, and it is now up to FOPH to choose the most appropriate one.


READ MORE: ‘Green pass’: Everything you need to know about the coronavirus immunity card in Switzerland

Just what Switzerland needs: another chocolate

For those who believe there are not enough chocolate varieties in Switzerland, Coop supermarket chain is launching its own brand called “Halba – Le Chocolatier Suisse”.

Offered under Coop’s “Qualité et Prix" (Quality and Price) label, the bars are CO₂ neutral and don’t contain palm oil.

In addition to classic milk chocolate, there are also dark and white variations, along with caramelised pistachios and roasted corn.

A 100-gramme bar costs under 2 francs.

 A new proposal to allow Ticino residents to go to Italy without the Covid test 

All people entering Italy from abroad must have a negative coronavirus test. But Alessandro Alfieri, a deputy from Varese in Italy’s Lombardy region, asked national authorities to wave the test requirement for Swiss residents who live within 20 km of the Italian border — the same exemption as granted to cross-border workers.

The request was made to “restart the entire border economy severely affected by the restrictions", Alfieri told Corriere del Ticino.

A similar arrangement is in place on Switzerland’s border with France, where Swiss residents living within 30 km of a French destination are not required to have a Covid test. 

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