The central government on Monday rejected the reports that claimed expired coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines were being administered in India under its national vaccination programme. The government said in a release that the media reports were “false and misleading and based on incomplete information.”
“There have been some media reports alleging that expired vaccines are being administered in India under its national Covid-19 vaccination programme. This is false and misleading and based on incomplete information,” the release said.
The government highlighted that the 3-months extension of the shelf life of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin was approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in October last year. It further said that the shelf life of Covishield, the Indian version of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, was also extended from six to nine months in February 2021.