The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has reportedly debunked the allegation that the United Kingdom does not recognize the Covid-19 vaccines being administered in Nigeria.
She, therefore, affirmed that that the UK approves the vaccines currently in use in Nigeria irrespective of the manufacturer adding that it has also moved Nigeria to the “rest of the world” travel list in its travel rule billed to take effect from October 4, 2021. The countries on the “rest of the world” list, have simplified travel measures.
She also stated that the UK has so far donated 1.2 million vaccines to Nigeria through COVAX and will continue to support the country in accessing COVID-19 vaccines.
Meanwhile, she encouraged all eligible Nigerians to get vaccinated to help stop the spread of the virus.
“The UK is committed to opening up international travel and we are using our COVID-19 vaccination certification process to enable those wishing to enter the UK to do so safely. We know these matters hugely to many people in the UK and Nigeria – the extensive people-people ties between our two countries are at the heart of our bilateral relationship.
“From 4 October, the current system will be simplified. There will be a single red list of countries and territories where stricter rules apply, and there will also be a ‘rest of the world’ list, with simplified travel measures. The ‘rest of the world’ list will include countries currently on the UK’s amber list, such as Nigeria,” she said.