Blerg wrote:ro1960 wrote:patrickw421 wrote:
https://www.euronews.com/2021/03/12/eu- ... ccinations
I think this is the news about it but I think it is only logical for AF to follow the same protocol if they are using the trial to test real situation if the government is asking for EMA approved vaccine only.
For the Russian one I don't think it would be a huge problem since EU was saying they didn't receive any application and hence in no position to approve it. For the Chinese one however, their data isn't even on any peer reviewed academic journal yet so I'm not sure.
So we're not talking about a "scandal" but rather about a measured decision.
It's a scandal because they are bringing politics into the vaccine discussion. How can they not recognize vaccines which are already in use in countries like Hungary or Slovakia? Poland is already negotiating with China to get their vaccine since the EU is incompetent at securing the necessary doses. Luckily the Covid passport proposal first has to clear the EU Commission where several countries such as Italy, Austria, Poland, Hungary... will object.
Just a couple of OT comments as Poland was mentioned. Poland was offered by China to buy Chinese vaccines and is indeed eager to do so, but Poland also made it clear that it is only interested if these vaccines are EMA approved, ie there will be no national approval of Chinese vaccines in Poland like in case of Hungary or Slovakia.
As to passport, currently vaccination is not a prerequisite of entry into Poland: subject to some exceptions based primarily on nationality/domicile, the prerequisite is essential travel. Vaccination is one of the exemptions from the requirement to self-isolate upon entry, but it only applies to EMA approved vaccines. And finally Poland already has an electronic vaccine passport in place for people vaccinated in Poland, so I am not sure Poland would be against it at the EU level.