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Take criminal action against those who spread rumors about the effectiveness of Covid vaccines: Center tells states | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center on Monday called on states to verify the spread of rumors about the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines and take criminal action against those found to be involved in spreading incorrect and misinformed news.
In a communication addressed to the chief secretaries of all states and UT, the Union Secretary of the Interior, Ajay Bhalla, also strongly emphasized that the country’s National Regulatory Authority has discovered that the two vaccines, Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin, were developed and manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited – they were safe and immunogenic.
The central government, in close collaboration with state governments and UT administrations, launched a vaccination campaign against Covid-19 from January 16 throughout the country.
The Secretary of the Interior of the Union said that health workers and frontline workers are being vaccinated according to the priority decided by the National Group of Experts on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC), and subsequently those will be vaccinated. priority groups 2 and 3.
“I would like to strongly emphasize that the National Regulatory Authority in the country has found the vaccines to be safe and immunogenic. However, unfounded and misleading rumors have been reported to be circulating on social media and other media, creating questions about safety and efficacy of these vaccines.
“This type of rumor spreading, particularly by vested interests, can create unjustified doubts among the general public and therefore there is a need to check all kinds of unfounded fear propaganda regarding the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccines, “said the communication said.
Urging the states and UT to put in place an appropriate mechanism to control the spread of such misinformed rumors, Bhalla called on the chief secretaries to instruct all involved authorities under state government to take the appropriate necessary measures to counter. the spread of all those rumors. kind of “false information” about Covid-19 vaccines, as well as quickly spreading factual messages.
“In addition, criminal proceedings can be brought against individuals or organizations that have carried out such activities, under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and the Indian Penal Code 1860,” he added. said.

Times of India