Australia gave a nod to India’s Covishield vaccine produced by SII on Friday. It remains yet to be cleared, however, whether this recognition will help Indian tourists and students to visit Australia or not.
Henceforth, the vaccinated travellers will have to produce a vaccination certificate to enter Australia.
“Today, the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has published its initial assessment of the data on the protection offered by the Coronavac (Sinovac) and Covishield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India) vaccines and has advised that these vaccines should be considered as ‘recognised vaccines’ for the purpose of determining incoming international travellers as being appropriately vaccinated,” said Australian authorities.
This measure will also help Australian nationals who have taken Covishield doses and are expecting to travel to Australia.
The Australian government is committed to ensuring that Australians who were fully vaccinated abroad can return home without unnecessary obstacles.
This step comes a day after the Australian PM indicated that the status of Covishield in Australia was pending before the TGA.
Moreover, India and Australia are in talks to deal with the travel requirement of Indian students.
However, the authorities also clarified that there was a need for further decisions before the process gets clarification.
Australian PM also mentioned that in the coming weeks the country will move back to reopen its territory.
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