In a list released Monday evening, the UK government said only people vaccinated with adequate doses from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and John & Johnson (Janssen) will be considered vaccinated as long as they come from a region of their own Vaccination program is approved by Great Britain.
And of the more than 70 approved countries, none are from Africa, a continent on which Great Britain has supported heavily with vaccine donations and other logistical support as part of the Covax program.
“You must be able to demonstrate with a recognized certificate of certification that you have been fully vaccinated as part of a vaccination program,” read a statement from the UK Department of Transport.
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countries and territories listed below. “
The new policy does not prohibit Africans from traveling to the UK per se however, this suggests that even those fully vaccinated with UK-donated doses are being forced to isolate themselves in their place of residence and have two Covid-19 tests. In fact, initially only travelers from Kenya and Egypt will be offered this easier option to isolate themselves at home.
The rest of the continent may be banned or quarantined in government-approved hotels as they are listed on the “red list” of countries considered too risky.
Last week British officials said they were “trying to expand the recognition of vaccination certificates around the world as soon as possible” / p>
But no schedules have been given, causing frustration for travelers from Africa and South America, the two regions most affected by the UK’s exclusion policy on Covid-19 vaccine certificates.
Last month the United Kingdom removed Kenya and Egypt in Africa from the “Red List” five months after the two countries were fingered for loose checks on travelers. Although the change was welcomed because of the travel expense relief, the two countries, like others in Africa, will not benefit from the full privileges afforded to those considered fully vaccinated. These privileges do not include the need to submit, retest, or isolate PCR certificates.
The list of countries includes almost all of the Middle East, the US, the overseas territories of the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and the most of Europe. It completely excludes Africa, China (Taiwan is approved), Russia, Brazil, Pakistan and India, the latter which has produced a significant number of AstraZeneca cans for the Covax facility.
That means that even those with. have been vaccinated, excluding Russia’s Sputnik vaccine or China’s Sinovac is not considered vaccinated by the UK.
“You can still travel to England if you don’t qualify to be fully vaccinated, but you have different rules “the notice reads, regarding the required testing and isolation for travelers.
Under UK policy, a person will be fully vaccinated if they take the full dose of Oxford / AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Taken Moderna or Janssen at least 14 days before arrival.
Last week, the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) warned that UK policies are slowing down or reversing the fight against the pandemic could.
“We are” deeply concerned that policies and rules such as these run the risk of deepening vaccine hesitation across Africa and renewing suspicion of the common chaft. In view of the serious consequences of the regulations, the Africa CDC calls on the UK government to a) reconsider its decision and b) discuss with the African Union how to ensure mutual recognition of the vaccines provided by their donations. “
On Monday it emerged that only 15 out of 54 countries in Africa had achieved their Covid-19 vaccination goals, namely vaccinating at least ten percent of their population by the end of September.
Data from World Health The organization shows that by the end of September only the Seychelles and Mauritius had vaccinated more than 60 percent of their population. Morocco, Tunisia, Comoros and Cape Verde had also exceeded their local targets.
The pattern was more successful for countries with smaller populations that benefited from both Covax donations and other sources.