The EU’s new Covid certificate, designed to open travel for people immune to the virus, does not include batches of vaccines produced in India because they have not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) .
The UK is one of many countries to have approved the so-called Covishield version of the AZ jab, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. It is chemically identical to the original AZ version.
Up to 5 million Indian-made doses have been administered in the UK, the The telegraph of the day flagged, identifiable by their lot numbers as shown on the patient card or in the NHS app.
These Britons could be pushed back to EU border posts, the newspaper said.
Many other countries – including India itself – are also affected as the version made in India accounts for the majority of AZ doses delivered to poorer countries under the Covax vaccine sharing program.
However, EU member states can accept vaccines not approved by the EMA if they wish.
Germany and Spain are among nine EU members who have told India they will accept Covishield’s version, sources from India’s Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press.
The EMA said on Thursday that it had not received any clearance requests from Covishield, the version of AstraZeneca’s vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.