India has warned the UK that it will take reciprocal measures if the latter does not change its policy mandating quarantine even for fully vaccinated Indians arriving in the European country. India has termed the UK government’s policy as “discriminatory” while asserting that the latter has used made-in-India vaccines for immunising its own people.
The new rules implemented by the UK government provide that Indian travellers who have received both doses of the Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) will be considered unvaccinated and will have to undergo self-isolation for 10 days.
What India said
During a press conference in Delhi, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, “The non-recognition of Covishield is a discriminating policy and impacts our citizens travelling to the UK. The External Affairs Minister has raised the issue strongly with the new UK foreign secretary. I am told that certain assurances have been given that this issue will be resolved.”
His comments came on a day external affairs minister S Jaishankar tweeted about discussing the matter with the British foreign secretary Liz Truss on the sidelines of the high-level 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a statement said, “The basic issue is that the vaccine called Covishield, of which the original manufacturer, is in the UK. We have provided 5 million vaccine doses to the UK at their request. This has been used by their health system. Non-recognition of Covishield is a discriminatory policy. EAM has raised the issue with his UK counterpart. Certain assurances have been given to resolve the matter at the earliest.”
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