The latest travel update from Poland recognises Covishield as equivalent to those COVID-19 vaccines recognised by the European Union. Here’s what it means for Indian travellers. By Anushka Goel
On Friday, the Embassy of Poland announced that Poland recognises Covishield as equivalent to the COVID-19 vaccines recognised by the European Union, reports Economic Times. This means that fully vaccinated Indian passengers inoculated with the vaccine will be exempted from quarantine upon entering the country, the Embassy tweeted.
🇵🇱Poland has recognized #Covishield as a vaccine equivalent to those recognized by the 🇪🇺European Union, exempting from quarantine after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland.
— PLinIndia (@PLinIndia) October 22, 2021
This comes after a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, which shows that two doses of Covishield and Pfizer are 90% effective in preventing deaths from the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, reports India.com. What’s more, recently, the UK had accepted Covishield as one of the approved vaccines for travellers visiting the nation, removing quarantine requirements for those inoculated with the vaccine. This had come after their controversial guideline approving Covishield but rejecting India‘s CoWIN certificate, thus requiring people vaccinated with the shot having to undergo a mandatory quarantine.
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India.com reports that Belgium has also recognised Covishield, and till September, nearly eighteen countries of the European Union had approved the Covishield vaccine. These countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Talking about vaccines, India’s Covaxin is yet to get emergency use approval from the World Health Organization (WHO). Recently, India achieved the massive feat of administering 100 crore doses to its citizens, and the vaccination drive is still going strong.