Covishield yet to get European Union Green Pass: Adar Poonawalla

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Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

New Delhi : If you are planning to go to Europe then there is a bit of sad news for Indian travelers, Covishield is not eligible for European Union's "Green Pass". This is because the vaccine is yet not recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), an agency of the European Union responsible for the evaluation and supervision of medicinal products.

According to a report in Economic Times, the digital ‘vaccine passport’ recognizes the Vaxzevria version of the AstraZeneca vaccine that is produced in the UK and Europe, and is approved by the EMA, Covishield, is yet to get recognized by the EMA.

EMA has approved only four coronavirus vaccines - Comirnaty (BioNTech-Pfizer), Moderna, Vaxzevria (Oxford-AstraZeneca) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). The member states of European Union will must accept these vaccines but are free to accept other vaccines too.

Green Pass in European Union!

From July 1 onwards, European Union will be issuing its own version of a green pass, which will be a digital proof that the person has taken complete vaccination against coronavirus. The digital green pass will help enable the continent’s safe opening “while preserving the sacrifices done so far”.

The Digital Green Pass includes information on vaccination, test results and statements of recovery and will fully respect data protection, security and privacy.