Covishield gets nod from nine European countries for travel

Nine European Union states have included Covishield in the list of vaccines approved for entry into the region, shortly after India warned of retaliation when none of its vaccines were added to the ‘Green Pass’. The eight countries include Estonia, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. These countries will exempt those vaccinated with Covishield from travel curbs and mandatory quarantine. India had raised the issue with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and France, had also asked EU member states to individually consider extending a similar exemption. The EU Digital Covid Certificate or ‘green pass’, which will be required for travel in the EU from 1 July, will allow those who have taken two doses of a vaccine on its list to travel to Europe and exempt them from mandatory quarantine.