WHO acknowledges presence of fake Covishield vaccines in India

WHO acknowledges presence of fake Covishield vaccines in India

According to the BBC, the amounts of fake vaccines were seized by authorities in India and Africa during the months of July and August.

Covishield counterfeits have been detected in India and Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The quantities were confiscated by police in India and Africa between July and August, according to the BBC.

Fake Covishield vaccine in circulation in India

In recent months, many media investigations have revealed the existence of a vaccination fraud in India, in which victims were given saline water instead of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra’s health minister, confirmed the fraud and promised that the victims will be tested for antibodies and given two doses of the Covishield vaccination.

Covishield is India’s major vaccine against COVID-19

Serum Institute of India (SII) manufactures Covishield, India’s major COVID-19 vaccine.

SII chairman recommends ‘booster dose’ of Covishield

According to the news agency PTI, this is essential for individuals with weakened immune systems.

Poonawalla further stated that he, along with 7,000 other SII personnel, had already received their third dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination as a precaution.

Antibodies decrease after six months, as per Poonawalla, which is why he took the third dose.

The SII has delivered the third dose to its employees, who number in the thousands. It also recommends that those who have completed the second dosage take a booster dose (third dose) after six months.

This news comes just a week after the US authorities authorized the third/booster injection of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for patients with compromised immune systems.

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