- Covishield Vaccine was never a problem, it is bout the vaccine certificates
- Covishield has a approval in the UK
- People traveling from India will have to remain in 10 days quarantine
- PM sends message from Covid Summit asks UK to consider Indian travelers
The Indian industry has accused the UK government of practicing vaccine racism as the UK government said the Indians traveling to UK will be treated like non vaccinated people and will have to quarantine themselves for 10 days. Authorizes and minsters across India have been criticizing the UK government for it’s actions.
The UK, on September 22, included Covishield in the list of vaccines that it recognizes, but raised doubts over the Indian COVID-19 vaccination certification process. Due to this, even travelers fully vaccinated with Covishield from India will need to quarantine in the UK on arrival under relaxed rules from October 4.
Just a day after British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis suggested that his country had some concerns over India’s vaccine certification. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Thursday said that the process was actually way ahead of the UK.
India’s vaccination has been driven by an ingenuously developed, robust digital platform, Co-WIN. It generates digital vaccine certificates in real time. Certificates are verifiable & linked to a persons Aadhar card Entire process is seamless, digital & verifiable, Kant added.
Dr Harsh Mahajan, President of NATHEALTH, expressed confidence that the issue of Indian vaccine certificates will get sorted out before the implementation of new COVID rules for travellers to England on October 4.
“The very fact that the British High Commissioner had a meeting with RS Sharma, the CEO of the National Health Authority, to understand the certification process augurs well for Indian citizens having unhindered access to the UK,” Mahajan said.
“The Indian vaccination and certification process is fool-proof and highly professionally managed, and I am sure that further information exchange between the authorities of the two countries would lead to seamless travel without the need to quarantine fully vaccinated persons,” Mahajan added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on countries to ease travel. “We also need to focus on addressing the pandemic’s economic effects. To that end, international travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates,” a Twitter statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Initially there was no problem with the certificates produced by CoWin, or Indian vaccination certificates. The controversy started since the UK released a fresh set of guidelines for international travelers and did not include covishield in the list of approved vaccines.
Covishield is among the two ingenuously manufactured vaccines India is so far administering under its vaccination programme. As the UK left out Covishield, India expressed displeasure and warned of a “reciprocal measures”.
The UK on Wednesday released a revised guidelines adding Covishield in its list but the officials said that Indians would still have to follow rules made for “un-vaccinated” as the country had some issues with vaccine certification.