Banned from the EU: An elderly British couple has been denied boarding on a flight to Malta due to a Covid vaccine made in India.
A BRITISH couple was allegedly denied boarding on a trip to Malta due to bureaucratic differences between the United Kingdom and the European Union over the coronavirus vaccine.
Due to the jab not being licensed in the bloc, a couple who had received the Indian-made AstraZeneca shot were denied boarding on a trip to Malta.
It comes after the news organization reported earlier this month that up to five million people in the UK were unknowingly administered the Indian-made vaccine.
The World Health Organization has given its approval to the vaccination.
However, the European Medicines Agency has yet to give it the go-ahead, allowing Britons who have taken it to travel freely inside the EU.
Some EU countries have stated that they will allow travelers who have received the Indian-made vaccine.
Malta, according to the Telegraph, was not one of those countries.
Last Friday, retired British couple Steve and Glenda Hardy were denied boarding at Manchester Airport as they attempted to fly to Malta to see their son.
Mrs Hardy revealed the moment they were told they couldn’t fly despite having completed all of the appropriate processes, including PCR tests, to travel abroad.
“We were just gutted,” she told The Telegraph. We felt we were covered after paying for PCR testing, downloading the NHS app, and printing the letter, but we fell short at the last barrier. We seem to be in a state of limbo.
“We haven’t seen our son in almost a year, since he moved there.
“Tui refunded our flights, but that’s beside the point.
“Our main concern is that we have no idea when we will be allowed to travel to Malta.”
Mr Hardy explained, “We received a vaccine, we were instructed to take them, and we took both doses.”
“We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. On that, we put our faith in the government.
“Indian immunizations were not issued in our country, according to Boris Johnson.”
Because it’s on our page, that’s definitely a lie.”