UK Does Not Recognize Covishield's Discrimination Policy, Impact On Indians: Government

UK Does Not Recognize Covishield's Discrimination Policy, Impact On Indians: Government

Indian Foreign Minister Harsh V. Shringla said Tuesday the UK had not recognized the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine made in India“discriminating policy and impacting our citizens travelling to the UK."

At a press conference, Shringla also said that the EU's medical agency, EAM, had raised the issue with the new British Foreign Secretary.

“ I am told that certain assurance have been given that this issue will be resolved,”he added 

“ here is the vaccine, Covisheild  , Which is a licensed product of a UK company, manufactured in India, of which we have supplied 5 million doses to the UK at the request of the government of UK we understand that this has been used in the national health system and therefore, non-recognition of Covishield is a discriminatory policy,” Shringla told           

 India's Covishield vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by the Pune-based Serum Institute, is not recognized by the UK under the new regulations, although it is identical to doses given to millions of people. British.Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar has urged the UK to withdraw a rule that quarantines Indians who go there even if they are fully vaccinated.

The rules, which will take effect next month, have sparked outrage as many Indians call the move discriminatory. Britons who have been vaccinated in the UK at the same doses as in India are not required to self-quarantine.

"Urged early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest," Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said in a tweet after a meeting with his British counterpart Liz Truss in New York, where both are attending the United Nations General Assembly.

The British High Commission (Embassy) in New Delhi said the UK was working with India to resolve the issue.

"We are engaging with the Government of India to explore how we could expand UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India," a spokesperson said.

Rules requiring travelers from India to self-isolate for 10 days also apply to many other countries using Covishield, including most African countries.

On Monday, Congressman Shashi Tharoor said it had canceled an upcoming tour of British books in protest and accused the British government of "double standards".

Another lawmaker, Jairam Ramesh, said the decision "smacks of racism."

AstraZeneca, along with its US counterparts Moderna and Pfizer, is one of the main providers of the UK vaccination program.

The AstraZeneca vaccine constitutes the majority of doses administered to Indians to date. A smaller number have taken a native vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech which is not used in the UK.

Sources:- live mint

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