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FHI: We don’t have an estimate of when Norwegians can start traveling again

Geir BukholmPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB

On March 2, the National Institute of Public Health’s (FHI) Geir Bukholm said that he thought Norwegian could start traveling in May. He now emphasizes that relief will ensue only when 45-year-olds have been vaccinated.

In an interview with newspaper VG on March 2, the FHI’s director of infection control, Geir Bukholm, said that he assumed that people could start experiencing relief from the corona measures after everyone over the age of 45 receives the first dose, i.e., during May.

“Eventually, the borders will open, and we’ll get normal tourist traffic… I could happen at the end of May, but I can’t be completely sure,” Bukholm said.

In the FHI’s latest vaccination scenario from March 12, it is estimated that everyone over the age of 45 will likely be vaccinated with the first dose at the beginning of June. In the last couple of weeks, the infection has also increased sharply in several places in the country.

No estimate

On Wednesday, Bukholm told ABC News that the FHI has no estimate of when people can start traveling again. It depends, among other things, on the infection situation and the status of vaccination in Norway, and where people plan to travel.

“It was not at all my intention to create hopes that one can travel at the end of May,” Bukholm said about the VG interview.

The FHI’s official emphasized that the key message was that everyone over 45 has to be vaccinated before such changes could occur. 

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