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France beckons all fully vaccinated travellers; approves Covishield
Although covid cases are spiking, France has opened the door to international travel, allowing all those who are fully vaccinated against covid to travel to the country. It has now okayed Covishield also on the approved vaccines list alongwith other Western products like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. However, the EU drug controller has not approved the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India - Covishield. It had insisted on the AstraZeneca manufactured in Europe only and that had led to a lot of protests.

PARIS, July 19: France has allowed international travellers who are fully vaccinated, and if a week has passed since the second vaccination, to enter the country. Earlier the mandatory gap between the second dose of vaccine and travel was two weeks.

France has also allowed international passengers vaccinated with Covishield, the India-made Oxford-AstraZeneca, with effect from Sunday. Covishield is manufactred by Pune-based Serum Institute of India, world's biggest vaccine supplier.

“Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer subject to restrictions to travel to or from France, whatever the country of departure. We nonetheless strongly advise against travel from France to countries on the 'red list',” stated France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

However, France still does not recognize the Chinese or Russian vaccines. The Government had earlier accepted only those authorized by the EU drug regulator like Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Europe. France has now included Covishield, the Indian version of AstraZeneca. The European Union recognised only the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Europe, not India.

At the same time, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday, France is tightening border checks to control the spread of the delta variant of covid that is spreading fast in many countries.

Belgium, Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Greece, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Iceland and Switzerland have already approved the India-made vaccine.

France also decided to allow in anyone who is not vaccinated and arriving from Britain, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Greece or Cyprus provided they possess a covid-negative test report. Tunisia, Indonesia, Cuba and Mozambique are also on the “red list” now.

Now travellers can arrive one week after the second vaccination unlike earlier when two weeks had to pass before one undertakes a trip to France.

The relaxations have been allowed despite the covid cases going up to 11,000 from just 2,000 in the last fortnight. All non- essential travel and other activities have been restrained. French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered all health workers to get vaccinated by September 15.

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