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Covishield, which is domestically manufactured, has been removed from the anti-COVID-19 jabs eligible for the European Union's (EU's) 'Green Pass.
The Green Pass, available starting July 1, will allow for unlimited movement within all EU member countries for business or tourism purposes. All those who have been vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency would be eligible for the pass.
Four vaccines have been cleared by the EMA so far: Moderna (Pfizer/BioNTech), Comirnaty, Vaxzervria(AstraZeneca), Janssen and Johnson.
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Green Pass is only available for the Vaxzervia vaccine, which was manufactured in the UK. The list does not include the Covishield version of AstraZeneca from Pune-based Serum Institute of India.
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However, some EU member states can modify the rules to allow entry for individuals vaccinated using non-EMA approved jabs. Iceland has granted entry to those who have been vaccinated using any of the jabs that are approved by the EMA or the World Health Organisation (WHO), including Covishield.
France, however, clarified that they would allow easy entry only for those who have been vaccinated using EMA-approved vaccines and not the vaccines made in India or Russia.
Notably, India's Covishield is being used and Russia's Sputnik V for mass vaccination drives. This is not just in these two countries but also in a variety of low-income countries that have both received the vaccines under WHO COVAX distribution network.