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India’s Covid vaccination certificate recognised by 108 nations for travel

As many as 108 countries currently recognise India’s Covid-19 vaccination certificate for travel purposes, said the Union Ministry of Health on December 10.

In a written reply in the Lok sabha, Bharati Pravin Pawar, the minister of state for health, shared data available till 6 December.

“The World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) assists interested UN procurement agencies, member states and countries in determining acceptability of using specific vaccines, based on an essential set of available data on quality, safety, efficacy and performance,” said Pawar.

“The aim is to expedite the availability of these products to people affected by a public health emergency, and it allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer Covid-19 vaccines,” she added.

The minister went on to say that persons inoculated with such vaccines, which are listed under the WHO- EUL, are deemed to be protected by authorities of many countries and allowed to travel internationally.

“However, not all countries require Covid-19 vaccination for travel. India also does not, at present, require Covid-19 vaccination for travel,” said Pawar.

“Among the countries, which do have such requirements, as on 6 December 2021, a total of 108 countries recognise the Indian vaccination certificate for travel purposes,” she added.

This comes as Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said earlier in the day that 86% of India’s eligible population has received the first dose of the Covid vaccine. (Source Mint. Pic ANI)

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