Austria has removed AstraZeneca’s Covishield, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, from its list of “approved vaccines” despite a surge in coronavirus cases in the country.

The list of approved vaccines is meant for “entering any type of accommodation, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, leisure centres, gyms, cultural institutions, on cable cars/ski lifts and for body-related services”, stated an updated advisory by the government.

Austria has been recording over 11,000 new coronavirus cases on a daily basis. Since October 15, the Covid-19 curve has shown an upward trend. About a fortnight ago, the country was registering nearly 5,000 cases a day, which has more than doubled.

On Monday, Austria updated its 3-G rules for entry into the country and 2-G rules for stay in the country. In its updated guidelines, the Austrian government noted, “Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac are only accepted to enter Austria”.

While Covishield is manufactured in India, Sinopharm and Sinovac are both produced by China. All the three vaccines have been approved by the World Health Organization.

Vaccines developed by AstraZeneca is approved along with BioNtech/Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna for entry into public entertainment spaces and eateries. But, those vaccinated with Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India, along with Sinopharm and Sinovac, are…

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