‘Remove trade hurdles like Covid passports’ – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With Indians facing travel curbs in several countries, commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday pitched for removal of “trade barriers” such as vaccine discrimination and Covid passports, arguing that they impose mobility restrictions and impede the movement of people needed for delivering critical services.
“Covid crisis is a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness, and the need for a coordinated global strategy to overcome such an unprecedented public health situation,” he said at the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting in Italy.
India and the UK were recently engaged in a battle over mobility restrictions as the UK government was not recognising Covishield. Similarly, several other countries have refused to lift travel restrictions for those travelling from India, citing risks from the Delta variant.
At the meeting, Goyal once again pitched for Intellectual Property Rights flexibility for vaccines, arguing that they were needed to help protect those in poor countries.

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