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Two doses of Covid vaccine appear to provide protection against the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus, the European Medicines Agency said on Thursday.

"Emerging data from real world evidence are showing that two doses of vaccines are protective against the Delta variant", Marco Cavaleri, EMA head of vaccine strategy said. "Right now it seems the four vaccines approved in the European Union are protecting against all the strains circulating in Europe, including the Delta variant," he added.

The upbeat assessment came as the World Health Organization warned that the variant first spotted in India could fuel a new wave of cases in Europe.

Four vaccines are currently approved for use in the EU, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Meanwhile, Serum Institute of India's Covishield vaccine has been approved in eight European Union nations and Switzerland amid a row over travel pass.

Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland and Spain have approved Covishield vaccines. According to sources, Estonia has confirmed that it will recognize all the vaccines authorised by GoI for travel of Indians to Estonia.

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