Therapy Areas: Vaccines
India calls for UK to end discrimination against COVID-19 vaccination with Covishield
22 September 2021 -

The foreign minister of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, is urging the UK to ditch its quarantine rules for people fully vaccinated with the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine, BBC News reported on Wednesday.

UK will scrap its amber travel list from 4 October 2021 and people arriving from abroad who are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 with an approved jab will no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days.

However, Covishield is not on the list of approved vaccines, despite being developed by AstraZeneca (LON:AZN) and identical to the doses given to millions of people in the UK.

According to Reuters news agency, these rules, which come into effect next month, have caused anger, with many Indians branding the decision as discriminatory.

In a tweet, Jaishankar urged "early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest" , after a meeting with his UK counterpart Liz Truss in New York, where both are attending the United Nations General Assembly.

The British High Commission in New Delhi has stated that the United Kingdom is "working with India to resolve the issue."