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Fake COVID-19 vaccination in India: an emerging dilemma?
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    Fact checks and unwelcome consequences of fake COVID-19 vaccination news from India
    • Velayudhan Mohan Kumar, Research Scientist Kerala Chapter, National Academy of Medical Sciences (India), New Delhi, India.
    • Other Contributors:
      • Seithikurippu R. Pandi-Perumal, Research Scientist

    An article titled "Fake COVID-19 vaccination in India: a growing dilemma?" was published in this journal.1 This was followed by another article titled “Fake COVID-19 vaccines: scams hampering the vaccination drive in India and possibly other countries” in another journal.2 Though scientists in any part of the world have the right to comment or critique about COVID-19 vaccination in India or elsewhere, it is important to double-check the facts before publishing, especially if they are sensitive matters from another country. Many political decisions are made based on articles published in prestigious medical journals, which the public trusts and holds in high respect. In mid-September 2021, the UK announced new rules mandating that travellers from 17 countries do not have to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated when they arrive in the UK, but the list did not include India.3 India reciprocated the UK COVID curbs by promulgating that UK nationals will have to undergo quarantine for ten days after arriving in India from the UK.4 Can we say that the articles like the present ones did not influence the action of the UK government? Subsequently, both the countries withdrew their curbs later.
    This article has not only cast doubts on the COVID-19 vaccines produced in India but also on the digital vaccine certificates that were given to the vaccinated. We'll dissect some of the mis- and disinformation, and other statements of this article. Of more than one...

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