Coronavirus pandemic live news update: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that international travel should be made easier through mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, as several countries adopt different sets of rules to allow foreigners to enter their territory in the wake of the pandemic of Covid-19.
In his video remarks at the Global Covid Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Modi also said that India was increasing its capacity to produce existing vaccines and that raw material supply chains must remain open so that supplies of vaccines to other countries can resume.
“We also need to focus on tackling the economic effects of the pandemic. To this end, international travel should be made easier, through mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, ”Modi said.
His remarks come on a day the UK government issued an updated international travel advisory to include AstraZeneca Covishield among eligible COVID-19 vaccine formulations, but kept India out of the 18 countries on an approved vaccination list , forcing Indians to follow the stated rules for “unvaccinated” travelers. Despite the inclusion of Covishield, Indian travelers are not exempt from quarantine rules under the UK’s new international travel standards which take effect from October 4.
He added: “India is currently running the largest vaccination campaign in the world. Recently, we vaccinated around 25 million people in a single day. Our local health system has delivered over 800 million doses of vaccine to date. Over 200 million Indians are now fully vaccinated… Like a family, the world was on India’s side as well when we were going through a second wave. For the solidarity and support given to India, thank you all… The pandemic has been an unprecedented disruption and it is not over yet. Much of the world still needs to be vaccinated. This is why this initiative by President Biden is timely and welcome. “
Earlier on Wednesday, the Center told the Supreme Court that the National Disaster Management Authority had recommended ex gratia payment of 50,000 rupees to the relatives of those who have died from Covid-19. The Center further stated that as a courtesy the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and subject to the cause of death being certified as Covid-19.