After counterfeit Covishield vaccines were detected, the Central government shared a set of parameters with all states and Union territories in order to identify fake COVID-19 vaccines in the country.
This comes amid the World Health Organization (WHO) flagging concern over counterfeit/falsified Covishield vaccine being found in the South-East Asia and Africa region.
In a letter to additional chief secretaries and principal secretaries (Health) of all states and UTs dated September 2, Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said, “It was requested that the vaccines need to be carefully authenticated before use…The information on genuine COVID-19 vaccine labels and additional information of the COVID19 vaccines in use is being enclosed for reference of program managers and service providers under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program.”
“The service providers and monitoring teams for COVID-19 vaccination may be informed about these details and to ensure due diligence towards recognition of counterfeit vaccines,” PTI quoted him as saying.
India is currently administering three COVID-19 vaccines– Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Russia’s Sputnik V.
How to know if Covishield is real?
A genuine Covishield vial bottle will have SII product’s label shade in dark green, the brand name with the trademark on the original vaccine and dark green aluminium flip-off seal.
The font of the generic name is un-bold, (Recombinant) is printed at the end of the generic name, overprinted with CGS NOT FOR SALE. The vaccine manufacturer’s logo is printed on the adhesive side of the label and is at such a unique angle and position that can only be recognised by those who are aware of the exact details.
The lettering is in special white ink to be more clear and readable, the parameters shared by the government said.
The entire label has been given a special texture honeycomb effect which is visible only at a specific angle. “At strategic locations, the honeycomb design has been altered slightly and certain additional special elements added to the texture design” so that the subtle changes can be easily checked and verified by the experts.
How to identify real Covaxin?
Covaxin label includes invisible UV helix (DNA-like structure) which is only visible under UV light.
Micro text hidden in label claim dots, which is written as COVAXIN, green foil effect in X of “Covaxin” and holographic effect on COVAXIN.
How to know if Sputnik vaccine is not fake?
The parameters mentioned that for Sputnik, “imported products are from two different bulk manufacturing sites from Russia and, hence, there are two different labels for both these sites. While all the information and design are the same, only the manufacturer name is different”.
“For all the imported products till now, the English label is only available on the front and back of the carton of 5 ampoule pack, while for all other sides, including the primary label on the ampoule, it is in Russian,” the government added.
The WHO had recently identified counterfeit versions of the Covishield vaccine, which were seized by authorities in India and Africa between July and August, the UN health agency said in a statement. It had warned that these fake vaccines “pose a serious risk to global public health” and must be removed from circulation.
India reports 29,616 new COVID-19 infections, 290 deaths
India reported 29,616 new COVID-19 infections and 290 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
Of these, 17,983 Covid cases and 127 deaths were reported in Kerala, informed the Ministry.
The active caseload is presently 3,01,442 and constitutes 0.90 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.
With 28,046 recoveries during the last 24 hours, a total of 3,28,48,273 people have been cured of the viral disease in the country so far.
The daily positivity rate has remained below 3 per cent for the last 26 days and currently stands at 1.86 per cent while the weekly positivity rate is at 1.99 per cent. It has remained below 3 per cent in the last 92 days.
A total of 56.16 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted across India.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the total number of samples tested to date is 56,16,61,383, including 15,92,421 samples tested yesterday.
The health ministry said that 84.89 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
“Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 daily new cases that is being reported for 90 consecutive days now,” Union Health Ministry said in a release.
India reports 31,382 new COVID-19 cases
India logged 31,382 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 33,594,803, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.
Of the new infections recorded in the last 24 hours, Kerala logged 19,682 cases.
The active caseload now stood at 3,00,162 which is the lowest in 188 days. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent and are currently at 0.89 per cent of total cases, which is the lowest since March 2020.
With 32,542 recoveries during the last 24 hours, the country also registered the highest ever recovery rate of 97.78 per cent since the start of the pandemic.
According to the health ministry, as many as 3,28,48,273 people have recovered from the disease so far.
The country also reported 4,46,368 deaths from the infection so far of which 318 people died in the last 24 hours.
The daily positivity rate has remained below 3 per cent for the last 25 days and currently stands at 2.00 per cent while the weekly positivity rate is at 2.07 per cent. It has remained below 3 per cent in the last 91 days.
A total of 55.99 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted across India.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the total number of samples tested till date is 55,99,32,709, including 15,65,696 samples tested yesterday.
The health ministry said that 84.15 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
A total of 72,20,642 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, taking the total vaccination in the country to 84,15,18,026.
J&K reports 172 more coronavirus cases; no new virus-related death
Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 172 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the infected number of persons to 3,28,590 while no fresh death due to the virus was reported from the Union Territory, officials said.
Out of the 172 fresh cases, 21 were from Jammu division and 151 from Kashmir division of the UT, the officials said.
They said Srinagar district recorded the highest number of 67 cases followed by 36 cases in Baramulla district.
There are 1,617 active cases in the UT, while the number of recovered patients was 3,22,554, the officials said.
The death toll in the UT due to the pandemic was 4,419 as no fresh death was reported in the past 48 hours.
Meanwhile, the officials said there were 46 confirmed cases of mucormycosis (black fungus) in the UT as no fresh case was reported since Wednesday evening.
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