Centre Warns States About Fake Covid-19 Vaccines And Explains How To Identify Them

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  • In the Indian market, there are three Covid-19 vaccines: Covishield by Serum Institute of India, Covaxin by Bharat Biotech, and Russian vaccine Sputnik V.
  • The World Health Organization has issued a warning about counterfeit coronavirus vaccinations across South East Asia and Africa.

With reports of counterfeit Covishield vaccines circulating in the international market, a warning raised even by the World Health Organization, the Centre on Saturday released a list of parameters to determine the authenticity of coronavirus vaccinations used in the country.

The parameters will aid in determining whether the vaccine is genuine or counterfeit, according to the Health Ministry in a letter to the states, adding that it was prepared with information from the companies that manufacture Covid-19 vaccines-Covishield, Covaxin, and Sputnik V.

The notice submitted to the states includes information on the vaccine manufacturer’s label, colour, and other details.

Several allegations have lately surfaced claiming that counterfeit doses of Covishield, India’s major anti-COVID-19 vaccination, have been confiscated in Southeast Asia and Africa. According to media reports, some of the counterfeit doses are also being distributed across the country.

As a result, the Central Government has issued guidelines for state governments to follow in order to identify fake Covid vaccinations in the market.

There are now three coronavirus vaccines on the Indian market: Covishield from the Serum Institute of India, Covaxin from Bharat Biotech, and Sputnik V from Russia.

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The following are the various parameters used to determine whether a Covid-19 vaccination is genuine:


  • The SII product’s label colour is dark green, and so is the colour of the aluminium flip-off seal.
  • The original vaccination mentions the brand name with the trademark.
  • To make the lettering clearer and more readable, it is printed with a special white ink.
  • The Generic name’s text font is un-bold.
  • Stamped with “CGS NOT FOR SALE.”
  • The SII logo is printed at a certain angle and position that can only be recognised by only a select few who are aware of the exact details.
  • To make the lettering clearer and more readable, it is printed with a special white ink.
  • The whole label has been given a unique honeycomb appearance that is only visible from a certain angle.
  • The honeycomb pattern has been significantly modified in strategic locations, and additional special elements have been added to the texture design. They are not visible to the general public, but individuals who are aware of the tiny differences may readily examine and verify the validity of the label and ampoule.


  • The Covaxin label contains an invisible UV helix or a DNA-like structure. It can only be seen under UV light.
  • The label’s concealed microtext asserts Dots, which is spelled as Covaxin.
  • In Covaxin X, there is a green foil effect.
  • Covaxin has a holographic effect.

Sputnik V

  • The two bulk manufacturing sites where the Russian Covid-19 vaccine is manufactured have distinct labelling. Except for the manufacturer’s name, every other information and design are the same.
  • For all imported items so far, the English label is only accessible on the front and back of the carton of 5 ampoule pack. All of the other sides, including the main label on the vaccination ampoule, are written in Russian script.
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