After Australia, 6 More Countries Recognise India’s Covaxin

Six more countries on Monday recognised India’s vaccine certificate, after Australia recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for allowing entry of travellers who had received the vaccine.

After Australia recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for allowing entry of travellers who had received the vaccine, six more countries on Monday recognised India’s vaccine certificate. These six countries recognised both Covaxin and Covishield.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that five more countries have recognised India’s vaccination certificate, including Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, State of Palestine, Mauritius and Mongolia. Later, Guyana recognised India’s covaxin too.

In a tweet in the evening, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “Mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates continues! Five more recognitions for India’s vaccination certificate, including from Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, State of Palestine, Mauritius and Mongolia.”

Earlier, in the day Australia recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin along with Covishield for allowing entry of travellers who had received the vaccine. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Australian drug regulator, announced that it has recognised two more Covid-19 vaccines not registered in Australia but used widely internationally, which includes Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and BBIBP-CorV (manufactured by Sinopharm, China).

The TGA further stated that with recognition of Covaxin, and BBIBP-CorV, along with the previously announced recognition of Coronavac (manufactured by Sinovac, China) and Covishield (manufactured by AstraZeneca), means many citizens of India and China as well as other countries in the region where these vaccines have been widely deployed will now be considered fully vaccinated on entry to Australia.

The TGA stated that this will have significant impact for the return of international students, and travel of skilled and unskilled workers to Australia.

“This recognition is for travellers aged 12 and over who have been vaccinated with Covaxin, and those 18 to 60 who have been vaccinated with BBIBP-CorV,” the TGA said in a statement.

The TGA mentioned that in recent weeks it has obtained additional information demonstrating these vaccines provide protection and potentially reduce the likelihood that an incoming traveller would transmit Covid-19 infection to others while in Australia or become acutely unwell due to Covid-19. “The supporting information has been provided to the TGA from the vaccine sponsor and or the World Health Organisation (WHO),” it said.

In addition, with input from the TGA, Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) (ATAGI) have determined that those who have received two doses of a TGA-approved or recognised vaccine at least 14 days apart are regarded as fully vaccinated from seven days after the second dose (with the exception of Janssen vaccine, where they are regarded as fully vaccinated seven days after the single dose). This includes homologous (two doses of the same vaccine) and heterologous (two doses of two different TGA-approved or recognised vaccines) schedules.

“From 1 November 2021, vaccinated Australians and permanent residents aged 12 and over may depart Australia without the need to seek a travel exemption,” the statement added.

Guyana on Tuesday recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, India’s first indigenous vaccine against Covid-19.

Hailing the decision, the Indian High Commission in Guyana said that it is an important step forward in the post Covid partnership between both the countries.

On Monday, Australia also recognised Covaxin for allowing entry of travellers who had received the vaccine and five other countries also recognised the Indian vaccine certificate.

In a tweet, the High Commission of India in Guyana said, “Guyana has recognised India’s indigenous vaccine Covaxin -important step forward in the post-COVID partnership between India and Guyana.

“Now, all passengers aged 18 years and above travelling to Guyana must be vaccinated against Covid-19 before arrival. Passengers are required to present their vaccination card bearing their name of vaccine, date vaccine was inoculated and batch from an accredited facility.”

On Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that five more countries — Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, State of Palestine, Mauritius and Mongolia — have recognised India’s vaccination certificate.

In a tweet in the evening, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “Mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates continues! Five more recognitions for India’s vaccination certificate, including from Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, State of Palestine, Mauritius and Mongolia.”

“Australia had recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for allowing entry of travellers who had received the vaccine. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Australian drug regulator, announced that it has recognised two more Covid-19 vaccines not registered in Australia but used widely internationally, which includes Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and BBIBP-CorV (manufactured by Sinopharm, China).

The TGA stated that with the recognition of Covaxin, and BBIBP-CorV, along with the previously announced recognition of Coronavac (manufactured by Sinovac, China) and Covishield (manufactured by AstraZeneca, India), many citizens of India and China as well as other countries in the region where these vaccines have been widely deployed will now be considered fully vaccinated on entry to Australia.

The TGA stated that it will facilitate the return of international students, and travel of skilled and unskilled workers to Australia.

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