Indian tourists who are vaccinated with Covaxin cannot travel internationally.

As per the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL), Covaxin the vaccine produced by Bharat Biotech against the fight against coronavirus has not been included and as per reports, people who have taken 2 shots of Covaxin would not be allowed to travel internationally based on the list.

Several nations are reopening tourism for leisure travel in the bid to boost their travel and tourism industry and these nations are likely to consult with their local health department to accept tourists or allow tourists based on the vaccine list which are approved by the WHO and are present in the EUL list.

According to the EUL list, these are the current list of approved vaccines which Include:

  1. Covishield
  2. Pfizer/BioNTech
  3. AstraZeneca/Oxford
  4. Ad26.COV2.S developed by Janssen (J&J)
  5. Moderna and

6) Sinopharm from China
Two other vaccines, Sputnik-V, developed by Russia’s Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin are not yet approved by the UN health body.

The European Union, the UK, and Canada have also not included Covaxin in the approved list of vaccines. The WHO has also not made any conclusions on including Covaxin in its EUL.

According to the guideline from the WHO the report on Covaxin states, “Status of Covid-19 Vaccines within WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process”. The status of Covaxin will be reviewed during the meeting in the month of May-June 2021.

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