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Ghanaians who received covid-19 vaccines in trouble as EU reviews policy

Monday, 20th September 2021

Ghanaians who rushed to Covid-19 vaccination centers across the country to receive AstraZeneka and Pfizer vaccines may not have wasted their time and energy doing so. However, if they intend to travel to any of the European countries, they should prepare to undergo 10 days quarantine upon arrival to the said country at a cost of £2,200.00. This is because, the European Union (EU) has revised it's policy on covid-19 travel rules.

According to a mynewsghana.net report intercepted by CitizenOne today, the EU Foreign Officer minister, James Cleverly announced that the latest review which takes effect from 4th October will permit only 17 countries free travel into the western bloc. These countries are Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados,Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Dominica, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

According to the report, the England had overhauled it's covid-19 travel rules, recognising the vaccination status of travellers from only 17 countries. The others will be quarantined, regardless of whether they were fully vaccinated in their home countries or not.

The decision of EU to exclude Ghana and other African nations is believed to have stemed from rejection of Indian's Covishield AstraZeneka and Pfizer as approved covid-19 vaccines by European Medicine Agency.

Earlier in July, the African Union raised concerns about the fact that the digital 'green pass' of EU was not recognising vaccines that were donated to many African countries through the COVAX.

Meanwhile, the Government of Ghana has since the beginning of this year received about one million doses of Covishield AstraZeneka,two million doses of Pfizer and one million doses which of Moderna vaccines all through COVAX.


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