Today, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor attacked the British government in light of its new travel rules. According to the new travel rules of Britain, which will be coming to effect from October 4, any Indian flyer fully vaccinated with both doses of Covishield will have to undergo a mandatory unvaccinated and an institutional quarantine for 10 days as well.
Tharoor indicts the British government of maintaining ‘double standards’. “Either you (UK) ask Serum Institute of India (SII) to make those vaccines and ship it to Britain or you say you don’t accept the vaccines. You can’t have it both ways,” says the Congress MP of Thiruvananthapuram.
Mr. Tharoor claims to have refrained from participating in a debate that was to take place in the Cambridge University and events associated with the launch of the UK edition of his book as he did not have sufficient time to stay in quarantine for 10 days.
The new travel rules awaiting imposition by the British government have been considered to be “racist” by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.
“Absolutely bizarre considering Covishield was originally developed in the UK and The Serum Institute, Pune, has supplied to that country too! This smacks of racism,” tweeted Mr. Ramesh on Monday.
UK has been asked to lift off its restrictions specially imposed on Indians and provide mutual concessions to the vaccine passports consistently by the external affairs minister S Jaishankar and foreign secretary Harsh Shringla.
According to the UK government, it was cooperating with India in order “to explore how we could expand UK recognition of vaccine certificates by a relevant public health body in India.”