India warns UK of reciprocal action over vaccine ‘discrimination’

       25-Sep-2021   
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India has warned Britain of reciprocal action in view of the UK’s biased new travel rules placing those vaccinated with Covishield in the "unvaccinated" category and asking Indians vaccinated with both doses to isolate for 10-days upon arrival. This rule has affected travel plans of hundreds of Indians visiting the UK, creating quite a furore.

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Since Covishield is a British vaccine developed by Oxford AstraZeneca and manufactured under licence in Pune by the Serum Institute of India, the sudden decision has puzzled India.
 
The foreign ministry on Tuesday described Britain's decision to not recognise 'Covishield' as "discriminatory".
Foreign secretary Harsh Varshan Shringla warned that the country is within its rights to "take reciprocal measures" if the matter was not resolved.
 
"The non-recognition of Covishield is a discriminating policy and impacts our citizens travelling to the UK. The external affairs minister has raised the issue strongly with the new UK foreign secretary. I am told that certain assurances have been given that this issue will be resolved," Shringla said in New Delhi.
 
Foreign minister S. Jaishankar raised the issue with his British counterpart Liz Truss in New York and reportedly urged her to remove the quarantine requirement for vaccinated Indians. "Urged early resolution of quarantine issue in mutual interest," Jaishankar said in a tweet.