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African Union wants Covishield approved for EU Covid certificate

KAMPALA: The African Union has criticised an EU decision not to include Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca‘s vaccine used by the global Covax facility, on a list of approved vaccines for a digital certificate meant to ease travel in the bloc.
Covishield is produced by the Serum Institute of India and has been distributed to African nations as part of the Covax initiative to give poor and developing countries access to vaccines. But Covishield is not one of four vaccines approved by the EU for its planned digital vaccination certificate, which is intended to allow people to travel freely within the EU.
The 54-nation African Union said late on Monday that Covishield’s exclusion could lead to discrimination against African travellers. Non-recognition of Covishield endangers the “equitable treatment of persons having received their vaccines in countries profiting from the EU-supported COVAX Facility, including the majority of the AU states,” it said.
Source: DreamAfrica LIVE (A DreamGalaxy Trusted Brand)