COVID-19: Boris Johnson “confident” British vaccines produced in India will not be a problem for EU travel program | Politics News
Boris Johnson is “very confident” that the UK’s use of jabs produced in India will not prevent Britons from traveling abroad – as German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered the hope of travel to the UK. foreigner without quarantine for those who are double-bitten.
Better news has been given to Britons hoping to travel to Europe on vacation or reunite with friends and family this summer, after Merkel had previously been more adamant on EU restrictions on those coming from the UK.
It was reported this week that the German Chancellor hopes to encourage EU countries to ban British travelers from the bloc, whether or not they have received a vaccine.
She would have liked to designate Britain as a “country of concern” because of the spread of the Delta variant in the United Kingdom.
But, speaking following discussions with Mr Johnson during the Prime Minister’s official retirement at Checkers, Merkel said: ‘We have taken some protective measures when we were not yet so familiar with the Delta variant. .
“We now see that the share of those with the Delta variant in Germany is increasing very rapidly.
“We are constantly reviewing our travel restrictions and believe that for the foreseeable future, those who have received double jabs will then be able to… travel again without going into quarantine.”
Meanwhile, the prime minister downplayed concerns that millions of Britons could miss overseas travel this summer because their COVID injections are not recognized by the European medicines regulatory agency, the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
It has been reported that up to five million Britons would not be eligible for the EU vaccine passport program because the AstraZeneca injections they received were manufactured in India.
But Mr Johnson said: “I see no reason why MHRA-approved vaccines should not be recognized as part of vaccine passports.
“I am very confident that will not be a problem.”
Downing Street said earlier he would work with the European Commission on mutual recognition of vaccine certification and stressed that all AstraZeneca vaccines used in the UK are “the same product and subject to regular checks”.
The UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has shared its evaluation of vaccines with the EMA to facilitate the approval process, according to a spokesperson for Number 10.
“This is the same product that has been licensed and verified for safety and quality by our MHRA,” the spokesperson said.
“They shared their inspection report with the EMA.”
According to reports, up to five million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India – a version known as Covishield – have been administered in the UK and can be identified by vaccine lot numbers 4120Z001, 4120Z002 and 4120Z003.
But nine European countries – Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Estonia and Switzerland – are said to be willing to accept India’s version of the AstraZeneca jab.
A spokesperson for the European Commission said individual member states could allow people vaccinated with vaccines to enter the World Health Organization’s list of vaccines approved for emergency use.
“This is the case with Covishield which is not authorized for placing on the market in the EU,” added the spokesperson.
During her visit, her last before stepping down, Merkel also addressed a virtual Cabinet meeting, the first foreign leader to do so since Bill Clinton in 1997.
The German Chancellor and Mr Johnson were to have a working lunch of English asparagus pie, Oxfordshire beef tenderloin and baked custard pie.