Sources said that India has requested the EU to accept the vaccination certificate issued through the Kovin portal. The European Union’s Digital COVID Certification Scheme or ‘Green Pass’ scheme will come into effect from Thursday.
Seven countries of the European Union and Switzerland have approved the Kovidshield vaccine on Thursday.
Seven countries of the European Union and Switzerland have approved the Kovidshield vaccine on Thursday. Apart from 7 EU countries Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland and Spain, Switzerland has included the Serum Institute of India’s Kovishield vaccine in the green passport. People who have applied both the doses of Kovidshield vaccine in India can now go to these countries.
Earlier on Wednesday, India had asked the member countries of the European Union (EU) to include Covishield and Covaccine in the Green Pass scheme. The government has bluntly told the EU to accept both these vaccines or else quarantine will be made mandatory for EU citizens on their arrival in India. The European Union has eased travel restrictions under its ‘Green Pass’ scheme. At the same time, India has requested the 27 member states of the group to consider separately on allowing Indians who have been vaccinated against Kovidshield and Covaccine to travel to Europe.
Switzerland has accepted Covishield, people administered with Covishield can get green pass to visit Switzerland: Diplomatic sources
– ANI (@ANI) July 1, 2021
India to adopt swap policy with EU member countries
Sources said that India has told the EU member countries that it will adopt a mutual exchange policy and will exempt European citizens holding ‘green passes’ from mandatory quarantine in their country. The condition is that his request to recognize Kovishield and Covaccine should be accepted. Sources said that India has requested the EU to accept the vaccination certificate issued through the Kovin portal. The European Union’s Digital COVID Certification Scheme or ‘Green Pass’ scheme will come into effect from Thursday. Under this, free movement will be allowed during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Other countries to accept the Vaccination Certificate issued through the COVIN portal
Under this framework, people who have received vaccines authorized by the European Medical Agency (EMA) will be exempted from travel restrictions within the EU. Individual member states also have the freedom to accept vaccines that have been authorized at the national level or by the World Health Organization. A source said that we have requested the member states of the EU to consider separately on giving similar exemptions to people who have taken anti-COVID-19 vaccines Kovishield and Covaccine in India. Also accept the Vaccination Certificate issued through the COVIN portal.
There have been apprehensions in India that people who have got Kovishield and Covaccine will not be eligible to travel to its member countries under the ‘Green Pass’ scheme of the EU. An EU official said on Tuesday that EU member states will have the option of accepting vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization such as Covishield. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of inclusion of Covishield in the EU’s Digital Covid Certificate Scheme during a meeting with European Union High Representative Joseph Borrell Fontelles on Tuesday.
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