As Covishield, the Indian version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is still not approved for travel without quarantine in some countries, the CEO of the company Adar Poonawalla has decided to keep ₹10 crores to fund for the quarantine facility for Indian students abroad. Those who have been vaccinated in the UK, EU, or the USA, that is they have received the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be exempted from the quarantine.
Poonawalla on Quarantine Facility
Adar Poonawalla has released a statement regarding the same. It said, “Dear students traveling abroad, as a few countries are yet to approve COVISHIELD as an acceptable vaccine for travel without quarantine, you may have to incur some costs. I have set aside Rs10 crore for this, apply below for financial support if needed.”
Poonawalla has been kind and has also donated 1 million pounds to a crowdfunding scheme that was started by a news channel. India has been moved to the amber list from the red list in the UK, but students will still need to have a 10-day quarantine.
Covisheild’s Current Status
The quarantine facility for Indian students abroad will definitely ease the financial burden on students who wish to travel abroad. Apart from this, there is another good news. Covishield has an emergency use listing from the World Health Organisation (WHO), but it is yet to get approved by the European Medicines Agency. Although, at this time the vaccine is accepted by over 30 countries. Covishield has also been approved for the EU’s Green Pass. Countries like Austria, Estonia, Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, and Spain and Non-EU countries like Switzerland and Iceland have accepted the vaccine and approved it. Recently, countries like France, Bulgaria, and Finland joined the ranks and approved the vaccine for safe travel to European countries.
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