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​EU’s New ‘Vaccine Passport’ Programme.

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​EU’s New ‘Vaccine Passport’ Programme.
Q. What is this news?

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Q. Which are the vaccines that have been approved by EMA for the purpose? 
The EMA list only includes four vaccines now Vaxzevria (Oxford-AstraZeneca), Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech), Spikevax (Moderna) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). 

Q. What is the ‘green pass’ which will ease travel restrictions across EU? 
The EU Digital Covid Certificate, or the “green pass” as it is popularly known, has been created to restore freedom of travel for the public and remove the barriers on entry placed due to the pandemic. 

Q. Why has Covishield not been included in the list?
Serum Institute of India has not applied for Covishield’s approval. 
Though Vaxzevria has been among the vaccines approved by EMA, Covishield, which is derived from AstraZeneca’s shot, is not on the list. 

Q. What is India’s stand on ‘vaccine passports’? 
Though the EU has made it clear that the “green pass” will not be compulsory, the issue has once again raked up the larger debate on concerns around privacy and ethics.

Larger concern:
With vaccine coverage as a % of population in developing countries still low compared to developed countries, such an initiative could prove to be highly discriminatory. 

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