July 23, 2021

India provides reciprocal exemption of EU Digital COVID Certificate to include Covishield, Covaxin

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India has appealed the EU member states to distinctly consider extending exemption for those who have already received Covishield and Covaxin, and said it will institute a reciprocal policy if they give recognition for the EU Digital Covid-19 certificate, according to sources.

The 27-member European Union will be launching the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework to ensure a safe free movement during Covid-19 pandemic and it will be effective starting from July 1.

Following the given framework, individuals who are inoculated with the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), will be excused from the travel restrictions within the EU, sources revealed, further adding that the individual member states should ave the flexibility to give acceptance to the vaccines which have been approved at the national level or by the World Health Organization (WHO).

One of the sources revealed, “We have requested EU member states to individually consider extending similar exemption to those persons who have taken Covid-19 vaccines in India, i.e. Covishield and Covaxin, and accept the vaccination certificate issued through the Co-WIN portal. The genuineness of such vaccination certification can be authenticated on the CoWIN portal. “

The vaccines Covishield and Covaxin are ‘made in India’ against Covid-19.

The source also added, “We have also conveyed to EU member states that India will institute a reciprocal policy for recognition of the EU Digital COVID Certificate.”

(with inputs from ANI)

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