Indian-made Astrazeneca vaccine not recognised in EU

The German embassy in Serbia confirmed in a comment for the Danas newspaper on Saturday that the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India which was administered in Serbia would not be recognised as a valid vaccine for Serbian travellers. [Shutterstock/Orpheus FX]

Several EU member states have refused to recognise the India made AstraZeneca vaccine administered in Serbia earlier this year, meaning that everyone who received it will also have to present a negative COVID-19 test or stay in quarantine upon entry into these countries.

The German embassy in Serbia confirmed in a comment for the Danas newspaper on Saturday that the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India which was administered in Serbia would not be recognised as a valid vaccine for Serbian travellers.

The vaccine, named “covishield” is not licensed by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), because the manufacturer hasn’t applied for a license. The EMA licensed the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in the EU under the name “vaxzevria.”

Cyprus and Denmark only recognise EMA approved vaccines, as well as Lithuania and Malta, which otherwise recognise the Serbian digital certificate with a QR code.

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