External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of inclusion of Covidshield with EU official

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday raised the issue of the inclusion of Covishield in the European Union's (EU) COVID-19 vaccination passport with a top union official

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar raised the issue of inclusion of Covidshield with EU official

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday raised the issue of the inclusion of Covishield in the European Union's (EU) COVID-19 vaccination passport with a top union official. The officer has promised to take the matter forward. Let us tell you that only four vaccine holders have been allowed to travel within the European Union. The vaccines that have been approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency) include Cominternity of Pfizer Vaccine BioNtech Co., Moderna, Wexgerviria AstraZeneca-Oxford and Janssen of Johnson & Johnson.

People vaccinated with Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) are not currently given a green pass, as their vaccine is not yet approved by the EMA. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar met European Union High Representative Josep Borrell Fonteles on the sidelines of the Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the G-20. In this meeting held in Italy, he said that he did a comprehensive review of India's relations with the European Union. He tweeted to discuss production and access to 'Covishield' for his trip to Europe. He said that he would keep an eye on the matter further.

Let us inform that SII chief Adar Poonawalla has also expressed assurance regarding this matter, in the past, he had assured people by tweeting about this issue that it would be resolved soon. For your information, let us tell you that the Covishield vaccine has been developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca and it is being made in India by the Pune-based vaccine manufacturer. The EU has approved the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, Oxford.