The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a medical warning in India over fake Covishield vaccines.
The WHO has questioned the authenticity of Covishield, which is being distributed to patients in India.
Fake vials of the covid-19 vaccine, produced by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, are circulated in India (SII).
Despite the government’s efforts to provide genuine coronavirus vaccines through transparent procurement and supply systems and the Cowin platform, WHO noted that fake Covishield vaccines had been detected in India and Uganda by a global surveillance and monitoring system for substandard and counterfeit medical products.
The World Health Organization has recommended governments improve oversight of hospitals, clinics, health centres, distributors, wholesalers, pharmacies, and other medical goods providers. It also demanded enhanced vigilance in supply networks that fraudulent vaccinations may harm.
Covishield, an Indian-made version of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, is India’s most commonly used vaccination, with over 486 million doses delivered to date.
Fake Covishield vaccinations were in circulation in India and Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The serum has sent millions of Covishield vaccinations to countries in Asia, Africa, and South America as part of agreements with various governments and the worldwide Covax program for impoverished countries.
As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “vaccine diplomacy,” India has supplied Covishield pills to several neighbours. However, following a disastrous second Covid outbreak in April and May, the authorities decided to speed up the vaccine campaign and prohibit exports.
The serum has now stated that meeting India’s requirements is their top priority, and they may not export again until the end of the year. India, the world’s second-worst-affected country, plans to vaccinate all of its citizens by the end of this year.
The products were labelled as fake because they falsely represented their identity, composition, and source. Covishield 2ml, for example, has been found in India, even though SII does not make the vaccine in 2ml (four doses). SII certified that Covishield with Batch 4121Z040 and an expiration date of 10.08.2021 was fraudulent in Uganda.
Fake Covid-19 vaccinations that have been tampered with pose a significant threat to worldwide public health. It increased the strain on vulnerable people and healthcare systems.