PIB SUMMARY 

The Operation Pangea XIV

#GS2 #HEALTH #FRAUD DETECTION

CONTEXT:

  • In news Recently, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has coordinated Operation Pangea XIV.
  • It is a collaborative effort against the sale of fake and illicit medicines and medical products.
  • It involved police, customs and health regulatory authorities from 92 countries.
  • Indian agencies also participated within the operation.

 

Operation Pangea XIV "EMPOWER IAS" | Empower IAS

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is that the nodal body for the INTERPOL within the country.

  • It resulted in 113,020 web links (websites and online marketplaces) being closed down or removed, arrest of 277 suspects and seizure of probably dangerous pharmaceuticals worth over USD 23 million, the highest number since the primary Operation Pangea in 2008.
  • More than half all the medical devices seized during the operation in May only were fake and unauthorized Covid-19 test kits.
  • The online sale of illicit medicines continues to pose a threat to public safety, which is why such operations remain vital.
  • The pandemic forced more people to move their lives online and criminals were quick to focus on these new ‘customers’.

Significance:

  • The online sale of illicit medicines continues to pose a threat to public safety, which is why operations like Pangea remain vital in combating this global health menace.
  • Criminals were continuing to take advantage on the large demand for personal protection and hygiene products because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

SOURCE: PIB 

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