15 more countries recognized India’s Kovid vaccines

New Delhi, 26 November

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that fifteen more countries have recognized India’s COVID Vaccination Certificate, taking the total number of such countries that have approved India’s Vaccine Certificate to 21.

“Mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates continues. Fifteen more validations for India’s immunization certificate,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet.

Mutual recognition of COVID vaccination certificates with India: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Philippines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had earlier said that around 100 countries had agreed to mutually approve the vaccination certificate and vaccination process for India’s COVID vaccines.

“The mutual recognition of vaccinations facilitates travel for tourism and business, thereby fueling the economic recovery that the world desperately needs,” the minister said at an event on Thursday.

Highlighting how India helped other countries throughout the pandemic, he said, “Being the pharmacy of the world, India has generously supplied HCQ tablets and other medical equipment to 27 countries. 6.63 crore doses were sent to 95 countries under the Vaccine Friendship Initiative.

Elaborating on India’s strategy to contain the COVID pandemic, he said that six vaccines have been approved in India, out of which two are indigenously developed. 82 percent of Indians received at least one dose and 44 percent were fully vaccinated, giving about 1.2 billion doses.

“India is ready to supply Kovishield and Covaxin to all countries,” the Union Health Minister said in a meeting with ambassadors of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Thursday. IANS