In the last two months, India saw the worst face of the pandemic. With the mounting number of cases and deaths, getting the population vaccinated and achieve herd immunity has become imperative. And while getting a vaccination appointment still remains a struggle in most parts of the country, not all vaccinations are recognised by WHO. The World Health Organisation does not recognise Covaxin as yet and this is bad news for your international travel.
Can You Travel Abroad If You Have Taken Covaxin Shots?
Europe has recently announced that it will welcome vaccinated tourists to boost travel and that it will allow people vaccinated with the shots mentioned in WHO’s EUL list. The COVAXIN produced by Bharat Biotech has not been included in WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL). This means that if you are vaccinated with Covaxin against COVID-19, you will not be able to make trips to other countries. Every Travel Enthusiast In India Should Only Take This Vaccine.
Traveling within the U.S.? If you are fully vaccinated for #COVID19, you do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine. You should still follow all other #travel recommendations. Learn more: https://t.co/sohmghhLrq pic.twitter.com/00xbEKYc4J
— CDC Travel Health (@CDCtravel) April 30, 2021
Which Vaccine Should You Take To Travel Abroad?
According to CDC, to be eligible to travel internationally, you should be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization. The COVID-19 vaccine Covishield developed by pharma giant AstraZeneca received an Emergency Use Listing designation from the World Health Organization. This means that if you get shots of Covishield, you will be eligible to travel to other countries.
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— euronews (@euronews) February 24, 2021
Which Vaccines Did WHO Approve So Far?
WHO listed the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, two AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccines produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio and the Serum Institute of India, and the Covid-19 vaccine Ad26.COV2.S was developed by Johnson & Johnson for emergency use. The UN body has also granted approval to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine and China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in its EUL.
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