The European Union's leaders call on the European Commission to step up work on the mutual recognition of coronavirus vaccine certificates with third countries, according to a statement adopted on the first day of a European Council meeting in Brussels, APA reports citing TASS.
"In light of the development of the epidemiological situation, the European Council calls for further coordination to facilitate free movement within, and travel into, the EU, and for a revision of the two Council recommendations. It encourages the Commission to accelerate its work regarding mutual recognition of certificates with third countries," the statement reads.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has not yet approved Russia’s Sputnik V jab for use in the European Union. The European Commission’s position has remained unchanged since the launch of EU coronavirus vaccine passports in early July. Member countries that use Sputnik V, such as Hungary, have the right to issue EU digital vaccination certificates for it and other member states are free to accept or reject those documents.