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Madeira to allow visitors with COVID shots not approved by EU

Christian Fernsby |
Madeira will allow entry to visitors with any of the COVID-19 jabs being administered worldwide and not only with those approved by Europe's drug regulator, the regional government said on Sunday.

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The European Union, which launched its digital COVID certificate last week, has so far authorised only four vaccines - those of Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Madeira said those who received other shots, such as those of China's Sinovac or India's Covaxin, could visit the Atlantic islands.

Pedro Ramos, Madeira's health secretary, said all would be accepted "because if millions have been vaccinated with these vaccines (not approved by the EU), their level of protection is similar to others".

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