Since the White House announced yesterday that vaccinated travelers from 26 countries in the Schengen Area, Ireland and the United Kingdom, will be allowed into the United States in early November, Europeans have been asking about which vaccines will be accepted into the country.
It is clear that the United States will allow entry to those who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines that have been vaccinated with the vaccines approved by the US Federal Food and Drug Agency (FDA) Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen.
On the other hand, the European Medicines Agency has approved all three, as well as the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is why many travelers are concerned that the AstraZeneca vaccine, with which the majority of Britons and 70 million EU citizens have been vaccinated, may not be accepted for travel to the US when the travel ban is lifted.
At a press conference today, Eric Mammer, a spokesman for the European Union Commission, said the US is expected to travel to people who have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine although the same has not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
“From our point of view, it would obviously make sense for people who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca to be able to travel,” Mammer said, although he noted that there was no official information in this regard, according to Reuters.
Just today, NDTV quoted an unnamed top medical body in the country that the vaccinated person would be anyone who has received a full vaccination with a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.
Up to this point, the list of vaccines approved by the World Health Organization consists of the following:
Pfizer / BioNTech AstraZeneca (incl. Covishield) Janssen Moderna Sinopharm Sinovac
Although there are only four vaccines for COVID-19 authorized for use by the European Medicines Agency, member states have also vaccinated their citizens with vaccines other than those.
Hungary, for example, has so far approved eight COVID-19 vaccines – those approved by the EMA as well as CanSino, Covishield, Sinopharm and Sputnik V. In the UK, on the other hand, the majority of citizens have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, while the website reports TheSchengen.com reported in July that five million Britons had been vaccinated with Covishield – the Indian version of AstraZeneca.
Yesterday, on September 21, the White House announced that vaccinated air travelers, coming from the Schengen area, the United Kingdom and Ireland, will be allowed to enter the United States from early November.
Although many things about the removal of the entry ban remain unclear, the move has been welcomed by many, including the European Union Commission and international travel organizations who have been calling for months to remove the entry ban by the United States, which has been in place. For a year and a half now.