Brussels, June 30, 2021 (PPI-OT):The European Union has not included the India made Covishield in its list of vaccines approved for ‘Green Pass’. EU Green Pass, a digital certificate, was introduced by the European Union in a bid to restore freedom of travel for the public and is encouraging members to remove the barriers to entry placed due to COVID-19. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has so far cleared four vaccines – Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech), Moderna, Vaxzervria (AstraZeneca manufactured in the UK and EU countries), and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson).
Covishield, which is manufactured at Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), is derived from the AstraZeneca shot and has been excluded from the list. Bharat Biotech’s vaccine Covaxin has also been not listed in the approved list. As per the South Asian Wire, from 01 July onwards, those who hold the Green Pass will not need to quarantine or test for COVID when entering a EU country. However, individual countries may impose restrictions depending on their currently infection rate/case load.
There are three types of EU’s COVID-19 passport/Green Pass launched; Vaccination passport, Test certificate and Recovery certificate. According to schengenvisainfo.com, individuals who have recently been infected with COVID-19 and have recovered from it should also be permitted to travel with an EU COVID travel certificate. Other than the above EU countries, non-EU countries like Iceland and Norway are also accepting and issuing Green Pass certificates.
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