Australia approves India’s Covishield vaccine for international arrivals

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The Medical Goods Administration of Australia has advised that China-made Sinovac and India-made Kovishield vaccines will be considered “recognized vaccines” when determining whether an incoming international traveler has been appropriately vaccinated.

Canberra (Australia): India’s own coronavirus vaccine Cowishield It is slowly gaining recognition at the international level.

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Australia on Thursday approved the India-made Kovishield for travel in the country.

The Medical Goods Administration of Australia has advised that China-made Sinovac and India-made Kovishield vaccines be considered “recognized vaccines”, when determining whether an incoming international traveler has been appropriately vaccinated, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at an online briefing. with Indian media

Recognition of vaccines will remove a significant obstacle for international students wishing to study in Australia.

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Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen vaccines are already recognized in Australia.

Australian PM Morrison on Friday announced the reopening of international travel and the easing of border restrictions.

Morrison said the international border would reopen next month for states that have reached an 80 percent vaccination rate, starting with New South Wales, ABC News reports.

Fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents arriving in NSW will be able to home quarantine for a week, pending the success of the state’s home quarantine trial, instead of paying thousands to quarantine in a hotel for a fortnight .

Commercial flights out of Australia will resume for vaccinated Australians.

As ABC News reports, travelers should be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for home quarantine, unless they are under 12 or have attained medical exemption.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated passengers will be required to be in hotel quarantine for a fortnight.

The government will also work with states to remove travel caps for vaccinated travelers.

As ABC News reports, COVID-19 testing is expected to remain part of the journey, but the government is using rapid antigen testing as part of the arrangement.

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On March 20 last year, Australia introduced some of the toughest border restrictions in the world in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Strict restrictions were imposed by Australia on traveling abroad for 18 months without permission.

First published:October 1, 2021, 12:03 pm

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