The World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement on Tuesday disclosed that it has identified fake versions of India’s primary Covid-19 vaccine, the Covishield.
According to the global health body, the doses were seized by authorities in India and Africa between July and August.
The statement also said the vaccine’s maker, Serum Institute of India, confirmed that the doses were fake.
There has been no official statement by the Indian government, but local reports said the country’s health ministry was investigating the matter.
Covishield is the Indian-made version of AstraZeneca’s Vaccine and is the most widely used in India with more than 486 million doses administered so far.
Serum had supplied millions of Covishield vaccines to countries in Asia, Africa and South America – as part of deals that were inked with various governments and the global Covax scheme for poorer countries.