UK came on the way after India’s warning
Days after India drew severe diplomatic criticism for ‘discriminating’ against Kovidshield, the UK government has added the vaccine to the list of approved COVID-19 vaccines. Changing its travel advisory on Wednesday, the country said that Kovidshield is an approved vaccine. It is known that India had threatened that if the British government did not recognize the Kovidshield vaccine, it would also respond to discriminatory protocols.
“The 4 listed vaccine formulations namely AstraZeneca Covishield, AstraZeneca Vaxjeveria and Modern Takeda qualify as approved vaccines,” the revised advisory on the official UK government website said. “You must have a complete course of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England.”
Earlier, speaking to the media, India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday said that the non-recognition of Kovishield was a ‘discriminatory policy’ and claimed that “it affects our citizens traveling to the UK”. . The Indian Foreign Minister strongly raised this issue with the new UK Foreign Secretary.
Shringla said, “We have also given the option to some partner countries to recognize each other’s vaccination certificates. But these steps depend on each other’s judgment. We’ll have to see what happens next. If we are not satisfied then it will be within our jurisdiction to take similar steps.
He was replying to a question asked in this regard. Shringla said, “The main issue here is that there is a vaccine, Covishield, which is a licensed product of a British company, which is produced in India and on the request of the British government, we have sent 5 million doses of it to the UK.”