Operation Pangea XIV

News: Recently, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) through its Operation Pangea XIV targeted the sale of fake medicines and products online. More than 1.10 lakh web links, including websites and online marketplaces, were taken down in the operation.

Operation Pangea XIV

  • Code-named “Operation Pangea XIV”, the exercise was coordinated by Interpol. It involved the police, customs, and health regulatory authorities of 92 countries against the sale of fake and illicit medicines and medical products.
  • Indian agencies also participated in the operation, said an official of the Central Bureau of Investigation that is the nodal body for the Interpol in the country. It showed that criminals were continuing to cash in on the huge demand for personal protection and hygiene products due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The online sale of illicit medicines continues to pose a threat to public safety, which is why operations such as Pangea remain vital in combating this global health menace. Criminals were continuing to cash in on the huge demand for personal protection and hygiene products due to the Covid-19 pandemic.