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On UK Vaccine Policy Row, Government Warns Of “Reciprocal Measures”

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Covishield was developed by AstraZeneca and researchers on the University of Oxford.

New Delhi:

The UK authorities’s determination to not recognise Covishield as a reputable anti-Covid vaccine is “discriminatory” and it’s inside the nation’s “right to take reciprocal measures” if the matter was not resolved, India’s mentioned at the moment. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla mentioned this transfer impacts Indian residents travelling to that nation.

“The non-recogition of Covishield is a discriminating policy and impacts our citizens travelling to the UK. The External Affairs Minister 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,” Mr Shringla mentioned at a press convention in New Delhi.

His feedback got here on a day Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted about discussing the matter with the British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on the sidelines of the high-level 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

The assembly in New York came about the identical day because the UK introduced new Covid-related journey restrictions that sparked sharp criticism and considerations in India.

According to those new guidelines, Indian travellers who’ve acquired each doses of the Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) might be thought-about unvaccinated and must bear self-isolation for 10 days.

Covishield was developed by researchers on the University of Oxford and pharma big AstraZeneca. It was one of many two vaccines deployed by India — Covaxin being the opposite — in its nationwide Covid vaccination drive launched this January by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Covaxin was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research.

The expanded listing of nations whose vaccines are recognised within the UK doesn’t embrace India. It means Indians vaccinated with Covishield could be required to bear obligatory polymerase chain response assessments in addition to self-isolation.

The new guidelines that can come into impact subsequent month.

Amid criticism of the brand new British journey guidelines, the UK has mentioned it’s participating with India to discover the way it might broaden the popularity of the COVID-19 vaccine certification issued by Indian authorities, PTI reported.

Asked concerning the considerations in India, a British High Commission spokesperson in New Delhi advised PTI, “We are engaging with the Government of India to explore how we could expand the UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India.”

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