Reuters have reported that the United States of America will accept international visitors that have been vaccinated against Covid-10 with a list of WHO-approved vaccines.
The list of approved vaccines by WHO includes Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac, and Sinopharm under its Emergency Use List.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from CDC told Reuters that 6 vaccines that the FDA has approved or authorised, or listed for emergency use by the WHO will meet the criteria for travel to the US.
Previously on 20 September, the US has announced to lift international travel restriction in November for travellers from 33 countries which include China, India, Brazil and most of Europe.
The CDC also said they have informed airlines of what vaccines are accepted to help them prepare their systems. However, the additional guidance and information will be released by the CDC as travel requirements are finalised.
Meanwhile, US is expected to accept fully vaccinated individuals from 26 Schengen countries in Europe, as well as the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
On the other hand, Singapore had in August announced that it will recognise a person’s vaccination if they have received a WHO-approved vaccine.
The Singaporean Health Minister, Ong Ye Kung said what is important now is the difference between those who are vaccinated and not vaccinated and less so between different vaccines.
He also said that WHO is a “widely accepted” reference organisation as it sets a 50% vaccine effectiveness threshold for listing in the Emergency Use List.
As for Europe, they’ve issued a statement in July, explaining that member states have lifted restrictions for those who have gotten non-EU approved vaccines as long as the vaccine has gone through WHO’s Emergency Use Listing process.
While responding to the allegations that some AstraZeneca vaccines are not recognised, the EU said that such claims are inaccurate and they had not discriminate against the AstraZeneca vaccines’ origin.
As for Malaysians or incoming travellers who have been fully vaccinated overseas, it is now easier to apply for a local digital vaccine certificate on MySejahtera.
All you need to do is go to the helpdesk and select “N” for “I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain my digital certificate in MySejahtera”. After submitting the request, you will need to submit a copy of your vaccine card.
Following which, you’ll need to wait for approval and your digital vaccination certificate will reflect in the app.