Estonia Emerges As The First EU Nation To Approve Both Indian Vaccines
Due to the reciprocal policy, the tussle between India and the European vaccine seems to have concluded. While Estonia has approved both Indian shots, other 8 nations have given a green signal to Covishield.
Earlier this week, the Indian authorities toughened their stand against the European Union concerning the approval of Indian vaccines. Introducing the ‘reciprocal policy’, the Indian government claimed to allow ease of travel to only those European nations that have registered the vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin. Following this, many countries have approved the Indian-made Covid shots. And Estonia has become the first European country to have approved both the Indian vaccines. This means that the travellers can include Covishield or Covaxin during the digital Covid Certificate framework.
The ongoing tussle between India and the European Union over the ‘green pass’ seems to have reached a definite resolution. While Estonia has given a green light to both Indian vaccines, eight other European nations have approved Covishield. Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Ireland, and Spain are among the EU-member states on the list while Iceland and Switzerland are the non-member states to have registered the Indian Covid shots.
For those unaware, the European Union has come up with the Covid certificate framework which will allow travellers to enter the continent. Under which, the Indian-made vaccines were not involved which promoted Indian authorities to come up with the ‘reciprocal policy’. As per the government sources, this policy ensures that certificates issued by European nations won’t be accepted in India. And this move did lead to the current change, with many EU countries coming forward to approve Indian vaccines.
Earlier, the EU countries accepted only the vaccines approved by the EMA, which are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen. And now Covishield has been added to the list while Covaxin awaits approval from several parts.
On Tuesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also addressed the ‘green pass’ issue with EU representatives. After which, German Ambassador Walter Lindner recognized Indian-made Covishield as “valid proof ” of anti-Covid vaccination.
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