Department of Health in contact with MEA over UK non-acceptance of Covishield beneficiaries

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By Sahil Pandey

New Delhi [India], Sep 20 (ANI): After Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Monday that in the fourth quarter of this year, the Indian government will resume the Maitri vaccine, sources today informed that neighboring countries will be given priority under the initiative. .

Vaccine Maitri is an initiative to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to countries around the world.

“India’s neighbors will have priority over resuming exports under ‘Vaccine Maitri,’ sources said on Monday.

Earlier today, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also announced that the Indian government would resume “Vaccine Maitri” from October of this year and also discharge its responsibility under Covax .

“Under Vaccine Maitri, we will help the world and contribute to Covax in the fourth quarter,” Mandaviya told reporters today.

The Center halted the export of Covid-19 vaccines in March due to the sharp rise in infection cases in the country.

Sources further informed that the Union Department of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) is in contact with the Foreign Office (MEA) over recent UK government travel restrictions linked to COVID -19, where travelers who have received both doses of Covishield (The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India) will be considered “unvaccinated”.

“The Union Department of Health is in contact with the MEA regarding the non-acceptance of Covishield beneficiaries from India to the UK,” they said. (ANI)

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