Travel: O'Leary calls for co-operation between UK and EU
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The AstraZeneca jab administered across the UK but developed in India has not been approved by the EU, meaning Britons who had the vaccine won’t be recognised by the EU’s green travel pass when going on holiday.
This could mean holidays in Europe are off the table for double-jabbed Britons, who were confident the vaccine would allow them to travel restriction-free.
The EU has released a Digital Covid Certificate which is currently being rolled out across member nations to facilitate travel.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved a selection of vaccines including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in the UK or Europe, sold under the brand name Vaxzevria, but not the AstraZeneca vaccine made in India, called Covishield.
It is believed more than five million Britons received the jab.
People can find out which one they had by checking their vaccine cards or the NHS Covid travel pass.
When travelling under the EU Covid pass scheme, officials will be able to see which vaccine a traveller has received.
However, many Britons were not told which jab they were given when they received it.
At this point, the EU has not yet confirmed if it will be banning Britons from travelling.
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Express.co.uk readers have voiced their anger after hearing about the possibility.
Many have vowed not to go on holiday to any EU country ever again.
One user said: “Personally I refuse to visit EU countries and contribute to their economy due to the way they are treating us.
“Plenty of beautiful places to visit in my own country, England and this will help our economy.”
“If I’m one of those on EU’s ridiculous list, I have no intention of visiting the EU anytime soon,” said another.
A third one commented: “It’s just the EU taking another swipe at the UK and AZ which makes them look more pathetic and petty by the day.”
Another one said: “As a recipient of one of the five million doses, I must say I don’t think it will bother me that much as have no intention of going to an EU country this year anyway.”
Many wondered why the specific batch was under discussion anyway.
“It makes NO difference WHERE the vaccine is produced, it’s the same formula, the same components, etc. It’s like saying the Pfizer vaccines produced at a separate plant outside the deluded EU are not approved either.”
“More EU excuses, they really are not fit to be called friends,” said another reader.
Many wondered how EU countries spend months complaining about the lack of British tourism and are now trying to prevent Britons from visiting at all costs.
“How these countries can complain about loss of income due to tourism being down and then do everything to prevent tourism is beyond me,” another one wrote.
“The European are a joke themselves so bureaucratic it takes ages to prove anything a lot more people have died because of their complete incompetence.
“Plenty of other places to go on hols & most of them better & cheaper too.”
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