Recognise Covidshield, Covaxin Or...India Warns EU Nations

 - Sakshi Post

Since the Indian vaccines, Covaxin or Covishield are facing trouble in the European countries, the Indian government has stepped up and warned of consequences if their citizens face any issues in these foreign countries.

There is a risk for people vaccinated with Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute’s Covishield when visiting the European nations. India very subtly warned of retaliation in case their citizens inoculated with either of the local vaccines, face issues with entry into the EU nations. They should not be asked to stay in quarantine or subjected to any other restrictions.

A list of vaccines under the “Green Pass” programme was issued.  Both Covaxin and Covishield are not there on the list. European Union nations were later asked to allow Indian citizens without any issues or travel restrictions. If the EU nations agree to this, India will as well help them with approval to their citizens, but in case they fail to approve, India will also treat EU citizens in the same way.

Also Read: Bharat Biotech's Covaxin Has To Wait Longer For Full Licence

Even if the European nations’ citizens will have been inoculated with the vaccines that are approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the health authorities of their country, India will not allow it. These citizens will have to stay in quarantine and undergo other restrictions in India.

What is Green Pass?

A Green Pass is like a Certificate that proves you have been vaccinated against Covid19. It is the ‘EU Digital Covid Certificate’ that will be recognized by the members of the bloc starting Thursday, (July 1). This pass is necessary and will show that you are vaccinated.

This works both for the EU nations and other countries. The citizens of EU nations will be getting this certificate. All those who received the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccines,  will be getting the certificate. Also, citizens of countries outside the EU will need to be inoculated with vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or national health authorities of their country.

But the issue here is that none of the Indian made vaccines has received the Green Pass. Covishield or Covaxin are not there on the list. Although the Serum Institute of India (SII) is trying for approval from EMA, nothing has been confirmed. They are awaiting the answer.

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