(Nov 22): China and India’s Covid vaccines have been approved by the UK for travel into the country, clearing the way for tourists and foreign students who have been fully immunized with them to enter.
Immunizations from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd, state-owned Sinopharm, and India’s Bharat Biotech International Ltd have joined the list that the UK uses to grant entry with proof of full vaccination, according to a notice issued by the Department for Transport and Department of Health and Social Care on Monday.
Now all seven Covid shots that have received emergency backing from the World Health Organization will be recognized by the UK, including India’s Covaxin, which got the agency’s nod in early November. The UK is following Australia, which last month expanded the number of shots it recognizes, and the US, which said it would accept all WHO-approved vaccines when it opened its borders to foreign travellers this month.
The UK decision should allow tens of thousands of Chinese students given home-grown shots to attend school there. Universities have received record numbers of undergraduate applications from Chinese nationals, according to an October report released by UCAS, a UK universities admission service provider. Sinovac and Sinopharm shots are the most widely used in China, which has vaccinated more than 80% of its 1.4 billion population.
China accounts for the majority of foreign students in the UK, and their families contribute significant revenue to universities there every year, data from UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency shows. More than 4,500 Chinese students applied for undergraduate admission to colleges and universities in the UK this year, an increase of about one-third since the global Covid-19 pandemic began.
Visitors to the UK who are not fully vaccinated are required to get Covid tests and quarantine for 10 days.
Source: Covid-19 shots from China and India recognized by UK for visitors | The Edge Markets