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#GlobalNews #Greece #COVID “I feel really alive,” says tourist as Greece officially opens to travellers

 Tourists filled airports, sea ports and highways in Greece on Saturday as the country officially kicked off its tourism season in the hopes of reviving an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm very happy to be here," said German tourist Claudia Schutz Daniel after arriving at the airport with a group of tourists on the island of Corfu. The streets of Athens' Plaka tourist district were once again full of visitors browsing souvenirs and stalls. "I feel really alive and good, because it has been such a hard and long year because of COVID," said tourist Victoria Sanchez from the Czech Republic. Cars leaving the capital piled up at toll stations, while travellers queued to board island ferries as authorities eased several COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in time for the tourism opening, allowing travel between provinces, re-opening museums, beaches, bars and restaurants, and extending night curfews. Tourists will have to show a negative COVID-19 test

#GlobalNews #COVID19 #coronavirus Global National: May 4, 2021| Mixed messaging on Canada's COVID-19 vaccine guidance causes confusion

 On this episode of Global National: Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is being criticized for muddling messages about vaccines. It now suggests some Canadians wait for mRNA shots from Pfizer or Moderna if possible, rather than viral vector doses from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. But as David Akin reports, federal officials are still encouraging Canadians to get the first shot offered to them.

Meanwhile, millions of Canadians are now waiting for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but is it a good idea to get a different brand of vaccine for your second dose? It's an idea provinces are considering. Abigail Bimman explains what's known and not known about the practice.

With Alberta now the worst COVID-19 hot spot in Canada, Premier Jason Kenney has imposed new restrictions on schools, businesses and gatherings in an effort to curb the spread. Christa Dao reports on the new rules.

Lt.-Col. Raphaël Guay has been removed from his role as commandant of the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence, while he is investigated for alleged misconduct. He's the latest senior member of the Canadian military to be investigated. As Mike Le Couteur reports in a Global News exclusive, opposition parties are hammering the Liberal government over its handling of an institutional crisis.

In Mexico, a railway overpass has collapsed in Mexico City, sending a commuter train plummeting to the ground below, killing at least 24 people, and injuring dozens of others. Jackson Proskow explains why some residents believe this was a disaster waiting to happen.

And as many Canadians are running into technical hiccups trying to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, engineering entrepreneur Zain Manji and his friend Ashish Yelekar took matters into their own hands, developing a texting tool to help get shots into people's arms. Mike Drolet reports on the new system meant to beat the system.