‘No ban on Covishield’: EU Envoy to India on ‘Green Pass’ plan

New Delhi, June 29 (ANI): Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan Ugo Astuto on June 29 clarified the reports over the banning of Covishield in European countries. He said, “It is to clarify there is no banning on Covishield, we have set up in place a new system of Digital COVID Certificate which is meant to facilitate travel within the European Union. Basically, this certificate is proof that a person is vaccinated against COVID or received a negative test or recovered from COVID-19. So this is meant as a facilitator but it is not a precondition for travel.” “Basically, this certificate is proof that a person is vaccinated against COVID or received a negative test or recovered from COVID-19. So this is meant as a facilitator but it is not a precondition for travel,” he added. According to reports that travellers vaccinated with Covishield, the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine manufactured in India by the SII, may not be eligible for the European Union's 'Green Pass'. Europe's vaccine passport programme, which allowed recipients to travel to and from Europe with fewer roadblocks, may not recognise recipients of the Covishield vaccine. Covishield is one of the three COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in India.

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