‘Ugly Racism!’ The Internet Reacts To Covishield’s Exclusion From EU ‘Green Pass’ List

 If you haven’t heard about it already, the European Union (EU) ‘Green Pass’ plan that will be available from July 1 has left out the Covershield from its European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine list. Reportedly, travelers who are only vaccinated with Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech), Moderna, Vaxzervria (AstraZeneca), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) will be able to travel to European countries where member states have already started using EMA’s ‘Virtual Vaccine Passport’. But while AstraZeneca is approved, it’s Indian and domestic version Covishield produced by Serum Institute of India has been excluded. Needless to say, Indians, who have been vaccinated with Covishield, are facing problems in travelling to European countries. Even after it being integral to the COVAX alliance and approved by the World Health Organization.

SEE ALSO: Serum Institute To Sell Covishield Vaccines At Rs 400 Per Dose To State Governments And Rs 600 To Private Hospitals

The move has also enraged Twitter where netizens are calling it ‘ugly racism’. From Alia Bhatt’s mother and actress Soni Razdan to journalist Barkha Dutt, many feel the WHO should intervene in the ‘disgusting’ play of politics. See for yourself.

While that is that, according to The Wire Science, Serum Institute in Pune which is also supplying vaccines to low-income nations never applied to have the vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Meanwhile, SII chief Adar Poonawalla has taken to Twitter to assure the angry masses that he is working to ‘resolve this matter soon, both with regulators and at a diplomatic level with countries.’

So, what do you think of the entire episode?  

Source: https://in.mashable.com/culture/23198/ugly-racism-the-internet-reacts-to-covishields-exclusion-from-eu-green-pass-list


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