India-made Covishield vaccine gets ‘green pass’ in Switzerland, 7 other EU nations

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Updated: July 01, 2021 12:59 PM

The diplomatic sources said that the authorities in eight European countries have approved low-cost vaccine Covishield and agreed to include people administered with the vaccine on the list of eligible travellers.

The EU drug regulator has only approved four Coronavirus vaccines namely- Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.The EU drug regulator has only approved four Coronavirus vaccines namely- Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Amidst multiple setbacks from European drug regulators, Covishield vaccine, in a significant boost, has been accepted by  Switzerland drug regulator along with seven other European countries. According to sources quoted by news agency ANI, apart from Switzerland, the other countries which have approved Covishield include Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain among others.  Beneficiaries who have been administered by the Covishield vaccine will now be eligible to seek a green pass to visit these countries, top diplomatic sources involved in the process told news agency ANI.

The diplomatic sources said that the countries have accepted low-cost vaccine Covishield and agreed to include people administered with the vaccine on the list of eligible travellers. With Covid-19 vaccination drive progressing at a steady pace in several countries, countries are opening up their borders for individuals who have been vaccinated by clinically certified Coronavirus vaccines.

In another positive signal for Covishield beneficiaries, the German embassy in a crucial statement hinted at granting approval to Covishield vaccine. The embassy said that versions of the EU-approved vaccines including licensed or original production are equivalent to already approved vaccines for proof of vaccine protection.

In a major setback to crores of beneficiaries of Covishield vaccine and manufacturer Serum Institute of India, the European Union had not approved Covishield vaccine manufactured in India. The drug regulator of the European Union said that the Indian manufactured version of AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s Coronavirus vaccine might have developed differences from the original vaccine due to change in the manufacturing condition in different settings.

The EU drug regulator has only approved four Coronavirus vaccines namely- Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. However, the EU drug regulator had said that individual countries of the European Union are free to take a call on issuing green passes to travellers vaccinated with Covishield vaccine.

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