New Delhi: Nine countries in Europe have allowed people who have had the anti-Covid vaccine Kovishield to travel to them. Sources gave this information on Thursday.
Sources said that Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland and Spain have allowed people who have received the Kovidshield vaccine to travel to their country. He told that Switzerland, being a Schengen country, has also accepted Kovishield.
Sources said that Estonia has confirmed that it will recognize all vaccines authorized by the Indian government for visiting Indians here.
Earlier, India had asked EU member states to take separate views on allowing Indians who have been vaccinated against Kovidshield and Covaccine to travel to Europe.
The European Union’s digital COVID certificate framework “Green Pass” will come into effect from Thursday, allowing free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 have the freedom to accept vaccines that have been authorized at the national level or by the World Health Organization.
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 European Union.
An EU official said on Tuesday that EU member states will have the option to accept World Health Organization-authorized vaccines such as Covishield and get a digital Covid certificate.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of inclusion of Covishield in the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate Scheme during a meeting with the High Representative of the European Union, Joseph Borrell Fontelles on Tuesday. This meeting took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Italy.
PM Modi said – If there was no digital connectivity today, then imagine what would have happened in Corona