Europe : France accepts India made Covishield for vaccine pass
France has joined several other European countries to allow international travellers who have been administered Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII). Many EU member states have started accepting visitors vaccinated with Covishield after global outcry over the fact that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has not recognised the India-made vaccine for the ‘Green Pass’.
“Because the vaccines are effective against the virus, and in particular its variant Delta, the constraints weighing on travellers benefiting from a complete vaccination schedule with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Janssen) will be raised from this Saturday, July 17, regardless of the country of origin,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex said in a statement.
The Indian Express had earlier reported that nine countries in the European Union (EU) have conveyed to the Indian government that they will accept individuals vaccinated against Covid-19 with Covishield within their borders. The countries were Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and Estonia.
The “green pass” scheme is EU’s digital Covid certificate programme that has been created to restore freedom of travel for the public and remove the barriers on entry placed due to the pandemic. The certificate is a digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against Covid-19, or received a negative test result, or recovered from the viral infection. The document is valid across all EU countries.
Starting Sunday, France will also start requiring anyone who isn’t vaccinated arriving from Britain, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Greece or Cyprus to present a negative test less than 24 hours old to cross French borders.