The central government has shared certain parameters with all states and union territories, through which health workers and surveillance team members associated with the corona vaccination program can identify genuine and fake corona vaccines. This information has been shared by the Center with the states at a time when the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the finding of fake Covidshields in Southeast Asia and the African region.
WHO has expressed concern over the receipt of fake Kovidshield vaccine
Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaccine and Russian Vaccine Sputnik-V are currently being used in vaccination campaigns in India.
letter written on 2 september
In a letter written on September 2 to the Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of the states and union territories, Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Health, has said that its veracity should be ensured before applying the vaccine. For this, vaccine labels and other information should be made available to program managers and service providers. The criteria for their identification have been given in the letter regarding all the vaccines.
Know the identity of the original Covishield Vial
The health ministry letter said that the service providers and surveillance teams for COVID vaccination may be informed about these details. Identifying counterfeit vaccines will require due diligence. A genuine Covishield vial will bear the label shade of the SII product in dark green on the bottle, the brand name with the trademark mentioned and dark green aluminum flip-off seal. The SII logo is printed on the adhesive side of the label at a unique angle that can only be recognized by a select few who are aware of precise details. The letters are printed in special white ink to be more clear and readable.
How to identify the real covaccine
It gives the entire label a special textured honeycomb effect that is visible at a specific angle. Anti-replication features in the covaccine label include the invisible UV helix (DNA-like structure) that is visible only under UV light.
In the case of Sputnik these imported products are from two different wholesale manufacturing sites from Russia and hence, there are two different labels for these two sites while all the information and design are the same, only the name of the manufacturer is different. So far for all imported products, the English label is available only on the front and back of the carton of 5 ampule packs, while all others are in Russian, including the primary label on the ampule.
Rapid vaccination in India
So far 68.46 crore doses have been administered in India. The first dose has been given to more than 50 crore beneficiaries. In this, a record 1.41 crore doses were administered on 31 August. Even after August, the pace of immunization continues to be fast with an average of 6 million vaccines being administered every day except on Sundays.