We can confirm that the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in India is exactly the same as the batches manufactured in Europe. There is no difference in efficacy or safety. As with other medicines, the MHRA ensures that all manufacturers of vaccines, as well as all batches produced, meet the same high standards of quality, safety and efficacy before they can be used in the U.K.
No-one in the UK has been given Covishield which is not available in the UK. In our supply chain we have more than one manufacturer, one of them happens to be the Serum Institute in India. They make Vaxzeveria (brand name for Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) and Covishield. Our vaccines have all been authorised under a single UK authorisation and are identical.
The issues reported in the media are speculation and do not relate to the safety or efficacy of the vaccines received in the UK. The government is leading on mechanisms which will support international travel and all batches of AZ vaccine will be included in the NHS Covid pass. We do not recommend re-vaccinating with a third dose prior to any recommended boosters as this is clinically not indicated and will lead to an increase in adverse effects.