UK to include Covaxin to the approved list of Covid-19 vaccines from November 22

The UK government has said that Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will be included in the list of approved Covid-19 vaccines for international travelers from November 22. The decision came after the approval of WHO’s Emergency Use Listing later this month. The changes will come into effect at 4 am on November 22.

The benefits are for the travelers mainly that with the approval, those inoculated with the Bharat Biotech-manufactured jab will not have to self-isolate after arrival in England.

Earlier, the India-manufactured Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, was added to the UK’s approved list. Later WHO approved the Covaxin and the US recently too added the vaccine to the list of approved Covid-19 vaccines and the decision especially would benefit travelers. 

“More good news for Indian travelers to the UK. From 22 November travelers fully vaccinated with a Covid-19 vaccine recognized by WHO for Emergency Use Listing, including Covaxin, will not have to self-isolate; so joining those fully vaccinated with Covishield,” Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said on Twitter on Monday.

Besides Covaxin, the UK government will recognize China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm, both on the WHO Emergency Use Listing, for inbound travelers. This move will benefit travelers from the Middle East and the countries like India and Malaysia. These fully vaccinated passengers do not have to go through tests before departure, day-8 test, or on arrival. They will only be required to take one post-arrival test and a confirmatory free PCR test if they test positive.

“The recent decision is a step towards the restart of international travel and this was taken considering the vaccination process in countries and keeping an eye on the recovery of the global pandemic,” said UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

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The Department for Transport in the UK said, the travel rules are being further simplified as all people under the age of 18, who have been fully vaccinated, will be able to enter England without self-isolating on arrival.