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The UK says it is exploring options to recognises India's Covid vaccine certification

BP World Bureau | Sep 21 2021 10:47:55 AM
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The UK government came under fire after it declared vaccinated people from several nations including India will be considered unvaccinated within their borders and demanded that they undergo a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. 

The new British travel rules were criticised by experts and Indian authorities. Now, the British High Commission spokesperson said that the UK is engaged with India the issue and is committed to opening international travel again as soon as practicable, reported NDTV.

The British official said that they are communicating with the Indian government to explore how they could expand the UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India. The new travel rules will come into effect on October 4. 

"The UK will continue to review the scientific evidence on other vaccines and keep the health measures under regular review," said people familiar with the development.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had cancelled his participation in a debate at Cambridge and few events related to his book launch in protest of India’s exclusion.

Indians planning to go abroad have been opting for the Covishield vaccine which is the India-made version of the UK's Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. It is also approved by the UN.