India warns UK of reciprocal steps over vaccine ‘discrimination’
NEW DELHI: Describing the non-recognition of Covishield by the UK as a discriminatory policy, India Tuesday warned Britain of “reciprocal measures’’ if the latter didn’t address India’s concerns over its new travel rules.
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla said the issue had also been taken up by foreign minister S Jaishankar with the UK authorities. The friction point has arisen at a time when India-UK ties are seen on an upswing with the two sides working to complete a trade pact. The new rules are seen to seriously inconvenience Indian travellers.
“The basic issue is that here is a vaccine, Covishield, which is a licensed product of the UK company, manufactured in India of which we have supplied five million doses to the UK at the request of the go nment of UK,” said Shringla, pointing to the inconsistency in the rules announced by the British go nment. According to the new rules, Indian travellers who have received both doses of Covishield vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India will be considered unvaccinated and will have to self-isolate for 10 days.
“We understand that this is being used under the national health sy em, and, therefore, non-recognition of Covishield is a discriminatory policy and does impact those of our citizens travelling to the UK,” Shringla added.
Sources said India will take reciprocal action ag inst travellers from the UK if its concerns are not addressed by October 4, when the new British rules will come into effect. The foreign secretary said he has been told that certain “assurances” were being given by the UK that the issue will be resolved.
Santosh Kumar D
British stupidity in the open. They accept the pn paper vacccination card from US but not the security coded vaccination letter from Indian go nment, hypocrites !!
80 percentage of Indians have had the Astra zeneca jabs made in India by the Serum Institute. May be the English want India to donate some security code reading machines to install in the UK airports. Lol
These Brits are a bunch of jokers .. their mindset will never change .. such a small narrow minded people and country .. they should be put in their place
Its PAKI hand behind this discrimination! Who is Britons Health minister?? Sajid Javid.. This, Paki is creating this discrimination deliberately..
Do not warn, just do it.
Good move by India. India is capable to reciprocate under good leadership now.
Need action. Enough of talking
Winston Churchill famously said "Indians are beastly people with beastly re gions. British never apologized for the 200 years of illegal occupation and invasion of India. There were no reparations from the British go nment. They loed Indian weath and massacred millions. The vaccine discrimination is actually a smaller picture. UK travel visa fees are exorbitant only for "Indians".
this is why I ve for Modi. thus go nment unlike congress puts their foot down when they have to.
Yep, reciprocal step should work just fine.
This should not be escted as it will hurt both sides. Discussions between two go nments will resolve the issue.
UK is becoming more and more irrelevant in the modern world. If UK shows some stupid dumb arrogance, it will be the loser. India is the emerging leader both militarily and economically. India is third largest economy by PPP terms already and will be in $ terms in another 15 years. The mind set of Kings, Queens, Princes, Lords still persistent there, when don't have enough money to pay bills..
A British-Pakistani must have taken this decision. Eng is infested with immigrant Pakistani rats which are working to change demographics of Eng.
Super warning. do not take anything lying down. Give it back in the same coin.
Kudos to Modiji. He will never allow any country to be unreasonable and ly put his foot down.
If each Indian and people of Indian origin stand united.... there is no way countries like US, UK, China or in fact any other country in the world can dare to bully us.... Unity is Power... Jai Hind
time to teach white is not the only colour !
International lobby is working ag inst India made vaccine..
Covan is yet to get nod from WHO...with no apparent reasons..
Western World never thought that India could manage Covid with its own vaccine...they infact lost billion dollars business of vaccine export to India.
Bijoy Kumar Sinha
Very heartening news . Here " would like to spell that Citizens have very correctly ved to Power NDA ie MODI GOVERNMENT.LONG LIVE MODIJI & LEAD AS LONG AS YOU CAN . INDIA & CITIZENS EXPECT LOT FROM YOU .
UK still is thinking that India is same when British were ruling
THIS IS COLONIAL MIND SET of a few sitting as law makers in UK. When India is the leader of the world by producing and supplying quality vaccines to the entire world, these (in)sects making rediculous laws imposing restrictions on travellers from India.