New Delhi: Over 30 countries have agreed on mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificates with India, official sources told news agency PTI on Thursday. As per updates, the countries that have agreed on mutual recognition with India include the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary, and Serbia.Also Read - Russia's Sputnik Light Vaccine 70 Per Cent Effective Against Delta Variant of COVID-19: Report
On the other hand, countries like South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, and some nations in Europe, including the UK, are among the nations whose travellers need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing. Also Read - Landmark 100 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses To Be Administered Next Week in India: Report
Earlier, the Union Health Ministry said that Covaxin has been cleared from the 11 nations that comprise Iran, Nicaragua, Mauritius, Guyana, Venezuela, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Philippines, and Paraguay. The sources further added that Covaxin has been recognized for travel purposes in countries like Germany, Estonia, Greece, Belarus, Hungary Serbia, and Lebanon. Also Read - COVID Vaccine Drive Likely to Begin For Kids in November, Those With Health Conditions to Get Priority: Report
Earlier, the United Kingdom had issued new COVID-related travel guidelines. According to those rules, the fully jabbed Indians will not be considered vaccinated in the United Kingdom and will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine. The other changes also stated that only people who have taken vaccines under the approved vaccination program in the UK, Europe, US, or UK vaccine programme overseas will only be considered fully vaccinated. The vaccines which fall under those programmes included Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Moderna and Janssen vaccine.
These rules have raised debates over ‘vaccine discrimination.’ Reacting to the UK rules, Former Union ministers Ramesh and Tharoor have called the vaccine decision “offensive and smacks of racism”. Ramesh took to Twitter, “Absolutely bizarre considering Covishield was originally developed in the UK and The Serum Institute, Pune has supplied to that country too! This smacks of racism.”