India criticized the British government’s decision not to recognize certificates of vaccination against the emerging coronavirus issued by the Indian authorities, describing the matter as a “discriminatory policy”.
A senior Indian foreign ministry official, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said the new British rules, which were unveiled last week and are due to come into effect next month, could force India to “impose reciprocity” if no solution is found.
The new rules require Indians visiting Britain to enter a 10-day quarantine and undergo coronavirus tests, even if they have been fully vaccinated with the Indian-made “AstraZeneca” vaccine.
This vaccine, which is produced in India under license, at the Indian Serum Institute, the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, is not recognized in Britain.
The vast majority of Indians were vaccinated with the “AstraZeneca” vaccine made in India, while others received the “Cofaxin” vaccine, which is not used in Britain.