Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration  on Monday recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, a move that is going to benefit Indians travelling to the island country.

Along with Covaxin, Australia determined that BBIBP-CorV, manufactured by China’s Sinopharm, would be recognised for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status. 

TGA said in a statement ,”This recognition is for travellers aged 12 and over who have been vaccinated with Covaxin, and those 18 to 60 who have been vaccinated with BBIBP-CorV,”.

The  Australian authority stated , Recogniz of these vaccine means  many citizens from India and China, as well as other countries where these vaccines have been widely deployed, will now be considered fully vaccinated on entry. 

The  statement added, “In recent weeks, the TGA has obtained additional information demonstrating these vaccines provide protection and potentially reduce the likelihood that an incoming traveller would transmit COVID-19 infection to others while in Australia or become acutely unwell due to COVID-19,”.

The  World Health Organization  is likely to reach a decision on possible  emergency  use  listing  for  covaccine  at a November 3 meeting. This is to be noted that the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is awaiting a WHO nod since it submitted EOI to the global health body in April this year.

This will have significant impacts on the return of international students, and the travel of skilled and unskilled workers to Australia.

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