Australia approves CoronaVac and Covishield and opens the way for the entry of thousands of vaccinated foreignersRead Now
CANBERRA — Australia has approved CoronaVac and Covishield vaccines, allowing travelers and foreign students immunized with them to enter the country. As the national immunization rate approaches 80% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose and 45.6% with both, Canberra will begin in November to eliminate one of the strictest border controls imposed in the world to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
CoronaVac, from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, is one of the most used anti-Covid vaccines worldwide, with applications from Indonesia to Brazil and Turkey. CoviShield is the version of the vaccine from the University of Oxford and the AstraZeneca laboratory produced by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines. Australia uses Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines in its campaign, so travelers who have taken these immunizations will also be free to enter the country.
The announcement, made on Friday, opens the door to thousands of foreign students who were excluded from Australia during the pandemic as, according to the main Australian drug regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Agency, the entry of immunized travelers into the country it will only be released to people who have received “nationally recognized vaccines”.
“Very soon, we can open international borders again,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “This will start to happen from next month.
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