India is pressing EU for vaccine pass approval

Healthcare professionals will prepare a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus during wheel vaccination in Kolkata on June 26, 2021.

India has given more than 182 million Covishield vaccines

India will not grant an EU vaccine pass for travelers unless Brock does the same for India’s own vaccine certificate, sources told the BBC.

The move is in the midst of reports that the Indian-made Covishield will not be covered by the EU’s Digital Green Certificate, which will be released Thursday.

The certificate is currently for EU citizens only.

The Covishield is an Indian version of the EU-approved AstraZeneca Vaxzevria jab.

The Indian Serum Institute, which manufactures vaccines, is seeking urgent permission from the European Union for its jabs.

All vaccines currently covered by the Green Pass Approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

According to sources from the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India has individually considered applying similar exemptions to EU member states to those who have been vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine in India (Covishield and Covaxin), and the government portal has announced. He requested that he consider “accepting the vaccination certificate” to be issued.

India had informed EU member states that Delhi would “enact a mutual policy for the approval of EU digital covid certificates,” sources said.

After the EU decided to include Covishield and Covaxin in its digital certificate and approved India’s vaccination certificate, Indian health officials said “exemption from compulsory quarantine” for travelers to India with EU vaccine passes. Will exempt EU countries from each other, sources said.

“At this point, I understand that this certificate is intended for travel within the EU, but it could become the standard for all international travel. What is it currently because most international travel has been suspended? Also unchanged. These certificates will be important when all trips are resumed. They say they accept each other’s certificates. Why discriminate against our certificates Are you there? “

The EU Pass is a QR code that can be used digitally on your smartphone or hard copy to see if the traveler has been vaccinated with one of the EU-approved jabs, recovered from the infection, or recently tested for Covid-19. Indicates whether it is negative. To AFP Communications Company.

This pass helps eliminate the need for quarantine and further testing of travelers between the 27 EU countries or four related European countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).

The European Commission leaves it up to individual member states to decide whether to allow travelers who have been vaccinated “at the national level or by the World Health Organization (WHO)”.

The Covishield was listed for emergency use by WHO in February.

India has overwhelmingly administered Covishield jabs to date-they account for more than 284 million of the 323 million or so vaccinations given so far.

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission recently said that the introduction of Covid status certificates would discriminate against some groups, stating that it could create a “two-tiered society in which only certain groups can fully enjoy their rights.”

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