Difficult entry in Europe for those taking Covishield: European Medicines Agency said – Application not received from Serum Institute for authorization of Coveshield

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People of India are facing difficulties in traveling to Europe due to non-acceptance of CoveShield in Europe. They are being quarantined in Europe. – File photo.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has not received any application from the Serum Institute of India (SII) for authorization of the Corona Vaccine Coveshield. EMA said that for use in the European Union, developers must submit a formal marketing authorization application to EMA, but Covishield has not yet submitted.

The European Union introduced the EU Digital Kovid Certificate about 15 days ago, which can be shown and travel there. The EMA has so far approved four vaccines for travel in Europe during the Corona period. These are Pfizer/BioNtech, Moderna’s Spikewax, AstraZeneca-Oxford and Johnson & Johnson’s Jensen.

Quarantine has to be done even after applying the vaccine due to non-approval
People of India are finding it difficult to travel to Europe due to non-approval of CoveShield. Those who got this vaccine are being quarantined in Europe. Even in some European countries such people are not getting entry. However, several European countries have independently approved CoveShield.

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EU did not approve green pass for Coveshield
Earlier in February, CoveShield had not been approved by the European Union for green passes. The EMA said that CoveShield does not have approval to sell its vaccine in European Union countries. Hence this decision was taken. In the Corona era, the Green Pass was a kind of vaccine passport for EU travel.

CEO of Serum Institute said – hope for a solution soon
Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla said last month that they were taking up the issue at the level of regulators and diplomats and hoped a solution would be found soon.

Alert in Europe regarding Delta variant found in India
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) made a big claim a few days ago regarding corona infection. ECDC had said that the Delta variant is transmitting faster than other variants. It is estimated that 90% of new cases by the end of August will be of delta variant.​ Delta variant (B.1.617.2), 40 to 60% higher than alpha variant (Β.1.1.7) spreading rapidly. Let us tell you that the first case of Delta variant was found in India itself.

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