EU, Russia hold talks on recognizing COVID vaccine certificates

12:53, 13 October 2021
EU, Russia hold talks on recognizing COVID vaccine certificates Photo: Paul Hennessy/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

The Russian Federation and the European Union have held negotiations concerning the possibility of mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccine certificates. There will be several consultations conducted in a bid of coordination of the basic recognition of the documents, the press service of Russia’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The process of the mutual recognition of the vaccine certificates is ongoing. The talks between the two sides were arranged in a virtual format. The sides concluded that there must be several joint steps, which include the completion of a series of expert consultations in a bid to coordinate “the basic legal and technical parameters of mutual recognition of the vaccination certificates,” according to the statement.

The work regarding the mutual recognition of the certificates would help to overcome obstacles for Russian travelers to visit the EU countries and vice versa.

Earlier, WHO had almost finished the approval process on Russian vaccine Sputnik V, however, the official confirmation reportedly had been delayed due to legal procedure errors.

The WHO has already ratified worldwide production of such vaccines as Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca.

Russia’s Sputnik V has been registered in 70 countries with an overall population of four billion. According to the medical outlet The Lancet, Sputnik V’s efficacy is 91.6%.