WHO confirms fake COVID vaccines in India, Africa

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Healthcare workers designated for COVID testing. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it has identified counterfeit versions of India’s primary COVID vaccine, Covishield, BBC reported.

The doses were seized by authorities in India and Africa between July and August, a WHO statement said. It also said the vaccine’s maker, the Serum Institute of India, confirmed that the doses were fake.

The WHO warned that fake vaccines “pose a serious risk to global public health”. It called for their removal from circulation.

Covishield is the Indian-made version of AstraZeneca’s jab and is the most widely used vaccine in India with more than 486 million doses administered so far.

The Serum had supplied millions of Covishield vaccines to countries in Asia, Africa, and South America.

India, which is the second worst-affected country in the world, aims to vaccinate all its people by the end of this year.


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