Counterfeit versions of Covishield in India: WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it 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” and 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.

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