India seeks EU travel approval for major vaccines

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

India has given more than 182 million Covishield vaccines

India’s Serum Institute, the world’s largest vaccine maker, is seeking urgent permission for the Covishield jab, sources told the BBC.

This move occurs in reports that Covishield is not covered by the Digital Green Certificate, an EU-wide travel pass scheduled for release on July 1.

The certificate is currently for EU citizens only.

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

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

Serum CEO Adar Poonawalla mentioned the fact that Covishield has not yet been approved in the EU and said his company hopes to “solve this issue soon”.

The EMA told the BBC on Monday night that the serum had not yet applied for approval.

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)”.

Covishield was listed for Emergency use by WHO During February.

It is still unclear whether the same rules apply to international travelers visiting the EU.

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

Covaxin, an Indian homemade vaccine that has not yet been approved by WHO, has not applied for EMA approval either. Sputnik V, the third vaccine approved for use by India and WHO, is on the EMA vaccine list currently under consideration. However, due to supply delays, it has not yet been deployed in India.

At a recent meeting of G7 countries inviting India, India’s Minister of Health, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, said India “strongly opposed the’vaccine passport’at this point.”

The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission recently Covid status certificate is discriminatory For groups that say they can create a “two-tiered society where only certain groups can fully enjoy their rights.”

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