After a global outcry against the European Union’s decision to only recognize the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Europe, France decides to accept visitors vaccinated with Covishield, the India-made version of AstraZeneca. Students who want to study in France are finally allowed entry to those who have taken Serum Institute’s Covishield against coronavirus.
As now Covishield is accepted as part of the health pass system, people who are vaccinated with it can enter France without additional travel restrictions. They are considered as ‘fully vaccinated’ and will also be able to use their vaccination certificates to enter the places open to the public in France requiring health passes.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India (SII) Adar Poonawalla expressed his happiness at this. He said it was good news that Covishield, the Indian version, is now recognized and accepted in the 16 European countries for entry of international travelers.
16 Countries approved Indian-made Covishield vaccination for entry
The 16 countries that allegedly recognize the vaccine, 13 of which are EU members and the remaining two are Schengen area countries, are as follows:
- The Netherlands
The EU recently launched a ‘Green Pass’ program. According to this program, travelers who have been vaccinated with an approved set of vaccines are allowed to travel inside the European Union’s 27-country zone. So now those who are vaccinated with an India- made version of Covishield can also travel freely.
Other vaccines accepted by France for entry
The vaccines authorized by EMA(European Medicines Agency) are:
- Comirnaty Pfizer
- Spike Vax Moderna
- Vaxzevria AstraZeneca
- Janssen Johnson & Johnson
Whereas the other covid vaccines such as German CureVac, Russian Sputnik V, American Novavax, and the Chinese Sinovac are under review.