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India’s Covishield vaccination finally gets approval in UK; no quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers

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New Delhi: Come Monday, Indian travellers to the United Kingdom (UK) will not be required to remain in isolation for 10 day, as had been mandated earlier, if they have received both the shots of Covid-19 vaccine Covishield.

Announcing the development on Twitter, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis wrote, “No quarantine for India travellers to United Kingdom fully vaccinated with Covishield or another UK-approved vaccine from 11 October. Thanks to Indian government for close cooperation over last month.”

The decision will be in effect from October 11. As per a statement, the decision was taken after high-level talks.

The controversy

In its revised advisory for travellers to UK, the government had included Covishield in the approved list of vaccines. However, it did not recognize the Indian certification, meaning that travellers from India, even if they were fully vaccinated, would have to quarantine themselves for 10 days and also undergo RT-PCR tests.

India had raised strong objection to this “discriminatory” and had warned of reciprocal measures if UK did not accept Indian vaccination certificate. Subsequently, it mandated 10-day quarantine for travellers from UK to India, irrespective of their vaccination status, besides RT-PCR tests after arrival.

On Wednesday, UK relaxed its rules to allow citizens of India as well as a few other countries to enter UK if they had received Covishield or any other UK-approved vaccine.

Covishield is a Covid-19 vaccine formulated by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured in India by Serum Institute of India.

 

 

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