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Covishield| UK recognizes COVID-19 jab after India out-cry

Cove Shield is the most widely used vaccine in India.
The UK government has amended its foreign travel guidelines to make the Indian-made version of the AstraZeneca vaccine an approved one.

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But it is not clear whether people from India can travel to the UK for 10 days without isolating themselves.

Britain’s refusal to recognize the Cove Shield sparked protests in India.

With over 721 million doses administered so far, CoveShield is India’s primary vaccine.

On Tuesday, India called the rule “discriminatory” and called on the UK to stop the need to isolate itself on the arrival of fully vaccinated Indians.

Currently, India is not listed as a country where people are fully recognized as a vaccine even if they have both approved doses.

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Therefore, Indians traveling to the UK have to isolate themselves as well as book and take the Cove 19 test before being allowed to move freely.

Last week, the UK announced new rules – effective October 4 – stating that travelers from several countries arriving in the UK do not have to isolate themselves if they are fully vaccinated. To be given India was not on the list either.

UK recognizes COVID-19 jab after India out-cry
UK recognizes COVID-19 jab after India out-cry

Prominent Indians called the principle “extremely discriminatory”, “racist” and “Assenine”.

According to Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Sharangala, Foreign Minister SJ Shankar had raised the issue “strongly” with his British counterpart Liz Truss.

Mr Sharangala told reporters that this was a discriminatory policy and that it affected the travel of our citizens to the UK. He warned that India could take “mutual action” if Britain did not address India’s concerns.

Such measures usually involve India, which imposes similar restrictions on those coming from the UK. Thermal screening of fever is done on arrival of British travelers to India, and negative covid 19 tests are provided. They do not need to be quarantined.

Jairam Ramesh, a leading member of the Central Opposition Congress Party, tweeted that the “strange” decision was “racist”.

Others called the move a “money-making opportunity.”

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Shashi Tharoor, author and congressman, said he had canceled a planned visit to Cambridge University to take part in a debate and promote his new book in protest.

Mr Tharoor wrote in The Quint. “Why should Indians be deemed to be lesser breeds than others? It is deeply offensive that fully vaccinated Indians have to quarantine, while others who may have taken the same vaccine in other countries, do not,”

UK recognizes COVID-19 jab after India out-cry
UK recognizes COVID-19 jab after India out-cry

“The UK has deeply damaged its image in India by failing to provide an explanation on the question at the heart of the issue.”

About 25% of adults in India have been fully vaccinated so far – an estimated 150 million have received both doses of CowShield at home.

The Serum Institute of India – the world’s largest vaccine company that makes jobs under license from AstraZeneca – has provided millions of doses to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America under agreements with various governments.

The Pune-based Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest vaccine maker.
In July, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “very confident” there would be “no problem” for travelers who got Indian-made coveted jobs. Downing Street said the UK’s drug regulator had shared its job data with its European counterpart. Vaccine expert Adam Finn said the vaccine – AstraZeneca and CowShield – were exactly the same thing. And 23 EU countries have approved the Covishield jab.

“There doesn’t seem to be a clear explanation [behind the principle],” says Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Ayog, a government-backed think tank.

Does this move have anything to do with reports of fake vaccines? The WHO reported that between July and August, Indian and African authorities seized counterfeit versions of the CowShield and demanded that they be removed from circulation.

Or does this principle have anything to do with India’s “Dodi Documents”, as Mr. Tharoor quoted a source.

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In other words, there were concerns about whether the vaccination certificates issued by Indian travelers were genuine.

Earlier this month, Checkpoint, a leading US-based cybersecurity company, reported that there was a growing black market in telegram vaccine certificates in 28 countries. (This happened after the announcement of Biden’s vaccine mandate by the US President.) In India, these certificates were selling for per 75 dollar.

A spokesman for the British High Commission in India told the BBC that its government was working with India to increase the recognition of vaccine certification.

Mr Tharoor said Indian certificates contained QR codes that could be verified and that there could be “other ways to verify their authenticity”. “Stumbling him like that breeds bad faith,” he says.

Meanwhile, Indian travelers to the UK are worried and say it is “ridiculous” to stay in quarantine despite being fully vaccinated. People who have traveled to the UK are isolated for 10 days and get tested at their own expense.

“Why are they discriminating against our vaccines? It’s all a time of pressure and increasing our costs,” says Hema Anand, a student’s mother who has traveled to the UK and now are isolated from.

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