Directions should be issued to the Central government to curb the supply of fake vaccines in the Indian market, a plea filed in Supreme Court prayed citing a recent orange notice issued by Interpol alerting member nations about fake COVID-19 vaccine rackets.
Advocate Vishal Tiwari, petitioner in-person, has sought directions to the Centre to issue strict guidelines under the Disaster Management Act to prevent the supply of fake or counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines.
The plea also prays for a special committee to be constituted to keep a check on such fake vaccine rackets and run awareness programs to inform the public of such fake vaccines.
The petitioner has also prayed for enactment of a law to prevent the criminal act of selling or circulating counterfeit Coronavirus vaccines by any organization or individual.
Interpol had recently issued a notice alerting law enforcement agencies across its 194 member countries about organized crime networks targeting COVID-19 vaccines, both physically and online.
“Similar to the fake influenza vaccine encountered in Mexico, counterfeit Covid-19 vaccines may represent a significant public health threat if they are ineffective at best or toxic at worst, given their production in underground labs without hygiene standards”, Interpol has been cited as saying in the plea.
In his plea, Tiwari states that criminal networks will be targeting unsuspecting members of the public “via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives”.
The plea states that such organized rackets will be carried out physically and through online modes.
“Many websites will be active in committing such fraud. People can be easily attracted by them as the present pandemic has created a situation of fear and uncertainty, so the people in intention to save their lives from the deadly virus can easily fall prey.”