European Union has declined the Vaccine Passport to travellers who have been vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine. Covieshield is an AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine manufactured in India.

As of now, the European Union is only recognizing the VaxZeveria version of the AstraZeneca vaccine that is manufactured in the UK and Europe. The vaccine has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, the EMA has not yet given its approval to the Serum Institute of India's Covishield vaccine.

It is little bit surprising that the vaccine has not been approved because both Vaxjeveria and Covishield are AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines. Four other vaccines approved by the EMA include Moderna, Comirnati (Pfizer/BioNtech), Wexgerviria (AstraZeneca-Oxford) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

Previously, the European Union said that member states can issue travel certificates regardless of the type of coronavirus vaccine. However, the form now indicates that the pass will only be issued "to vaccines that have received EU-wide marketing authorisation".

A large percentage of the Indian population has got Covidshield, which has already been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Several EU countries, including Spain, Germany and Greece have started using the vaccine passport system, while other European countries are expected to start using it from 1 July, 2021.


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