EU authorities offer to open entry for vaccinated people with WHO-approved vaccines

If the proposal is approved, then the entry into the EU may open for those vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine. For those vaccinated with Sputnik V, the EU will open the borders after the drug is approved by WHO

The European Commission has prepared amendments to the recommendations on travel to the European Union, now it proposes to open borders for those vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines vaccines. These amendments must be approved by the Council of the European Union for entry into force, in this case they must be effective from January 10th.

Now tourists can cross the border of the European Union with a certificate of vaccination with a drug approved by the European Medical Regulator (EMA). If the EU Council authorizes the entry of tourists vaccinated also with vaccines approved by WHO, then they can do this if they have a PCR test in addition to the vaccination certificate. The vaccination itself must be done no later than nine months before the border crossing.

Russians vaccinated with Sputnik V, this innovation will not affect & mdash; the Russian vaccine has not yet received WHO approval. At the moment, vaccines from the companies AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & amp; Johnson. The Chinese vaccine Sinopharm is not on this list either, but it received approval from WHO in May, that if amendments to the recommendation are adopted, it will open the vaccine vaccinated with this drug to enter the European Union.

The EU Council also proposes to allow entry to the European Union on covid certificates issued in non-union countries if they comply with the format of the European electronic certificate (EU Digital COVID Certificate). For example, the EU already has agreements on mutual recognition of covid certificates with Ukraine and Turkey.

“ With regard to visitors from countries where there is no such equivalent, the state & mdash; EU members may continue to accept proof of testing and vaccination issued by non-EU countries in accordance with their national legislation, subject to the need to be able to verify their authenticity and validity, '' & mdash; noted in the message. According to the rules for the use of covid certificates in effect since the beginning of July in the European Union, European countries can independently decide at the national level whether or not to admit vaccinated vaccines that are not recognized in the EU.

In addition, as stated in the new version of the recommendations , children between the ages of 6 and 17 should be able to cross EU borders with a negative PCR test done before leaving, even if they are not vaccinated.

The European Commission proposed to open the borders for vaccinated vaccines approved by the WHO back in May, before the launch of the pan-European system of covid certificates, but this proposal did not work at the level of the entire union.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) filed an application with WHO for accelerated registration of Sputnik V & raquo; in October 2020. The organization's chief scientist, Sumiya Swaminatan, admitted that the drug could be approved by the end of 2021. The approval process for the Russian vaccine Sputnik V in WHO is still ongoing, it was resumed on October 20 after a break.

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