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After India’s strong objection, UK govt. approves Covishield as COVID-19 vaccine

NEW DELHI: The UK government today approved AstraZeneca Covishield as an approved COVID-19 vaccine. UK govt further clarified that it still has issues regarding “vaccination certification”.

“Formulations of the four listed vaccines, such as AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Modern Takeda, qualify as approved vaccines,” Updated UK guidelines said.

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Due to the vaccine certification issue, Indians vaccinated with two doses of Covishield will still need to quarantine in the UK.

India on Tuesday had warned of “reciprocal measures” if the UK does not address its concerns over the new travel rules relating to COVID-19 vaccine certification with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla describing these norms as “discriminatory”.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also took up the issue of Covishield-vaccinated travellers being required to quarantine in the UK with newly-appointed British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss at a meeting in New York.

According to UK earlier advisory, Indian travellers who have received both doses of the Covishield vaccine will be considered unvaccinated and will have to undergo self-isolation for 10 days.

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