There was significant public outcry after Covishield was not included in the list of vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for EU’s “green pass” program even though AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Europe were included for the purpose. Hence, India asked EU Member States to accept Covid-19 vaccines authorized by the WHO or national authorities for Indians travelling to Europe

France has become the latest country to permit travellers who have had AstraZeneca’s Indian-manufactured vaccine (Covishield) into the country.

Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden have so far given their nod to the Covishield jabbed travelers. The approval comes at a time when Covishield has been omitted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its ‘vaccine passport’ program that allows free movement of people in and out of Europe.

“It is indeed good news for travellers, as we see 16 European countries recognising Covishield as an acceptable vaccine for entry. However, despite being vaccinated, entry guidelines might vary from country to country,” Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India said.

Denmark, Estonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia and Malta are, however, yet to give their nod to this vaccine.

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