Non-recognition of Covishield vaccine is discriminating, impacts Indians travelling to UK: Foreign Secretary

New Delhi: Amid controversy over the Boris Johnson-led government announcing new COVID-related travel restrictions, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Tuesday (September 21, 2021) said that the non-recognition of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine is a discriminating policy. He added that it also impacts Indians travelling to the UK. 

“The EAM has raised the issue strongly with the new UK foreign secretary. I am told that certain assurances have been given that this issue will be resolved,” the Foreign Secy informed.

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Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had also urged for an ‘early resolution’ of the COVID-19 quarantine issue

This is noteworthy that as per the new rules, Indian travellers who have received both doses of Covishield will be considered unvaccinated and will have to undergo self-isolation for 10 days.

Meanwhile, the UK has reportedly said it is engaging with India to explore how it could expand the recognition of the COVID-19 vaccine certification issued by Indian authorities.

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