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Russia Is Delaying the Mutual Recognition of the COVID Health Passes – EU Ambassador Says – SchengenVisaInfo.com

The European Union has pointed fingers at the Russian government for Europeans not being able to visit the country despite being fully vaccinated against Coronavirus, as Putin’s government hasn’t yet recognised the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.

According to the EU Ambassador in Russia, Markus Ederer, all information and requests required from Russian health authorities in order to mutually recognise the EU Coronavirus-related certificates have been sent to the Russian Health Ministry.

However, the Russian authorities haven’t prepared the necessary documents to be sent to the European Commission in Brussels. According to Ederer, it is intentionally delaying the timing for inspection by the European Medicines Agency, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“I regret this because mutual recognition of equivalence, including by Russia, would definitely make life easier for people travelling in both directions,” Ederer told Russia’s RBC news website in an interview published last week.

Moreover, Ederer noted that this delay slows down the process of facilitating travelling to Russia and that this is a technical, not a political process.

These statements come a day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that the problem for approving the Sputnik V. vaccine has been resolved and that the shot is ready for approval. Moreover, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which distributes Sputnik V worldwide, said that WHO would send a delegation to visit Russia as part of its approval procedure later in October.

The EU Member States joined the EU Digital COVID-19 gateway at the beginning of June, and since then, the document has been issued to all EU citizens that have been fully vaccinated with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccines, as the following list indicates:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • AstraZeneca EU (Vaxzevria)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
  • Moderna (Spikevax)

The document is also issued to those who have recovered from COVID-19,…

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