COVISHIELD Gets Nod : After India’s Pressure, Switzerland ,9 European Countries Accept The Vaccine

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A day after India formally requested European Union member states to include both COVISHIELD and COVAXIN in their exemption list for the passport, Switzerland and nine EU countries have added the Serum Institute-manufactured Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine.

Switzerland has accepted Covishield vaccine, which means Indians administered with Covishield can get a green pass to visit Switzerland.

Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland and Spain are the seven EU member countries that accepted COVISHIELD vaccine.

With the European Unions Digital Covid Certificate or Green Pass coming into effect from today, India yesterday had urged all member states to individually grant exemption to those who have taken Indian vaccines.

Germany was the first to get on board, with its Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner confirming recognition to Covishield. Confirming that a double shot of Covishield is fully recognized by GER as valid proof of anti-COVID vaccination (this does nevertheless not modify existing travel or visa restrictions for travelers from areas of concern/virus variants areas), he tweeted.

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