Portugal will recognize the Chinese-made AstraZeneca and Chinese Sinovac vaccines. Infarmed’s decision will be implemented as a rule by the Directorate General of Health. Until then, many passengers from dangerous countries will have to continue to be quarantined.
There is no single answer to the question “Which vaccines are recognized in the European Union and the other six countries that have adhered to a certificate of vaccination?”.
For example, France, Croatia and Ireland recognize the Indian-made company AstraZeneca.
Sweden tolerates all vaccines licensed by the World Health Organization, such as China’s Sinovac.
For example, Portugal, Germany, Norway, and Bulgaria are limited to four EMA-accredited: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen.
The European Union has given each member state the freedom to familiarize themselves with the vaccines in addition to the four vaccines that are part of the European Certificate of Vaccination.
It implies that anyone arriving in Portugal from countries with a vaccine provided by other laboratories must undergo PCR or antigen testing and, in some cases, isolation. This is the case for travelers from Brazil, South Africa, India or Nepal.
The Brazilian Portuguese community took advantage of the Portuguese president’s visit to seek recognition by Kovishield, AstraZeneca and Coronavac, of the Butantan Institute. The most widely used vaccine in that country.
The National Medicines Authority has decided to recognize two of them: Covishield, from AstraZeneca, and China’s Sinovac.
According to Infarmed, the Directorate General of Health is developing guidelines for implementing recognition of these vaccines.