A heated row has been erupted between European Union and India over Union’s hesitancy in accepting India-based vaccines for its ‘vaccination passport’. In an equal move India will also do the same thing when it comes to exemption from the quarantine, sources in the foreign ministry said. That means if EU does not accept Covaxin and Covishield certificates then their certificates will also not be accepted in India and also people arriving from EU will have to face compulsory quarantine.
The Union has been told informed that Covaxin and Covishield must be notified in its digital Covid certificate, said sources.
Under the new scheme “Green pass”, people vaccinated with Covishield will not be allowed to travel to the member states of EU.
The EU states only accepts the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency which include Moderna, Pfizer, Janssen and AstraZeneca but not Covishield which is an Indian version of AstraZeneca.
As per the sources on Tuesday, the Serum Institute had applied for EU’s approval for Covishield thorugh its partner AstraZeneca but the European Medicines Agency said that it has not received any request.
Taking up the issue of inclusion of Covishield in the vaccination passport with EU, foreign minister S Jaishankar tweeted, “Discussed vaccine production and access. Took up ‘Covishield’ authorisation for travel to Europe. Will be following up”.
The member states of European Union without approval from European Medicines Agency can not import vaccines as they may face legal suits.