NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing tussle between India and the European Union over the “green pass” for Covid vaccines, nine European countries have added Covishield to their list of approved vaccines.
The European countries that have cleared Covishield include seven EU member states: Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Ireland, Estonia and Spain and two non-member states: Iceland and Switzerland.This means those inoculated with the Covishield vaccine will be exempted from travel curbs in these countries.
On Wednesday, India had said it would recognise EU’s digital Covid certificate on a reciprocal basis and would not accept it until the EU does the same for Indian vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin.
India, which had raised the issue with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and France, had also asked EU member states to individually consider extending a similar exemption to those who have had Covishield and Covaxin jabs.
A European Union vaccine passport programme will allow people to travel freely within the bloc from July 1, as long as they have had one of these vaccines.
Currently, only four vaccines — Comirnaty of Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Vaxzervria by AstraZeneca-Oxford and, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen — have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Source – TOI