Brits who have had AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine jabs but face being banned from the EU have been given hope today.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi offered assurances to UK travellers who have received Indian-made AstraZeneca/Oxford jabs, adding work is ongoing with the Italian authorities.
He told MPs: “The European regulator recognises all vaccinations of AstraZeneca/Oxford in the United Kingdom and recognises our pass. France has now issued guidance very clearly that they recognise all batches of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine and as well as most of the rest of Europe.
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“We’re working with the Italian authorities, both our regulator and the EMA, to get that right.
“I also had one of those and it’s an excellent vaccine.”
The AZ and Oxford jab is one of a few types administered in the UK, alongside the likes of Pfizer and Moderna.
But certain batches of the AZ jab have been met with controversy on the continent.
France is to allow international travellers who have had AstraZeneca’s Indian-manufactured coronavirus vaccine into the country.
Several other EU countries already accept the Indian version, which is notably used in the UK and around Africa.
One couple were heartbreakingly barred from flying to Malta earlier this month after getting the Indian made AZ batches.
The pair were turned away before flying to the green list nation from Manchester Airport – and duly hit out at the confusion in the aftermath.
Their heartbreaking story – which saw them unable to reunite with their son – made headlines across the UK.