COVID-19 vaccines: Which are approved for travel? Where can you go?
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Different countries have approved different COVID-19 vaccines. The implications of vaccine brand preference are concerning and create another type of vaccine inequality.
In July, British travelers vaccinated with U.K.-approved COVID-19 vaccines were barred from visiting their son in Malta. Why? The couple had received Covishield vaccines, the Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine. Malta — following guidelines from the European Medicines Agency — has not approved this specific COVID-19 vaccine, reported The Independent.

Essentially, the vaccinated couple was considered unvaccinated.

Worldwide, about 146 different COVID-19 vaccines currently exist at different stages of the development, testing and approval process, per data from The New York Times.

Already, geographic and socioeconomic vaccine inequality has become glaringly apparent, reported The Washington Post. But what's only recently becoming apparent is another layer of vaccine inequality: differing approvals for different vaccine brands.

The question is no longer, "Are you fully vaccinated?" The question has instead changed to, "Which vaccine did you get?" — and the implications of a vaccine hierarchy are concerning, reported Stuff, a New Zealand news outlet.

Even among those vaccinated, there are vaccine haves and vaccine have-nots all based on brands of vaccines, per Refinery. Now, as different vaccine approvals clash with different vaccine requirements, people are getting caught in the crossfire.

And the implications are harrowing.

The worldwide mosaic of COVID-19 vaccine approvals

Right now, more than 75 COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in animals in preclinical trials, according to data from The New York Times. Another 99 different COVID-19 vaccines are being tested in clinical trials on humans. Of these clinical trials, 33 vaccines have reached the final testing stages.

There are so many different COVID-19 vaccines — like Pfizer, Sinovac and Moderna. But there are way too many to keep track of. And at first, the sheer number of vaccines seemed exciting and hopeful.

its pretty cool that so many different types of vaccines for the coronavirus is being developed…
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