Pfizerdiscovered at least two cases of fake COVID vaccines, the company said Wednesday.
- In Mexico, about 80 people paid $ 1,000 each for a hoax
COVIDvaccines, according to the WSJ.
- In Poland, vials containing anti-wrinkle treatments have been said to be passed away as COVID shots.
In Mexico, about 80 people probably paid $ 1,000 each for a shot advertised as Pfizer’s
Pfizer reaffirmed the report in a statement emailed to Insider on Wednesday. “Pfizer has identified counterfeit versions of its COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland,” the statement said. “We are aware that there will be an increase in the incidence of fraud, hoax and other illegal activity in this type of environment – driven by the ease and convenience of e-commerce and anonymity – as it relates to vaccines and treatments on for COVID-19. ”
The statement stressed that, “there is no legitimate vaccine sold online,” and said the company is working with “governments, law enforcement,
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Pfizer, along with Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, are the three main producers of COVID vaccines. All three work with law enforcement worldwide to police the distribution of a fake vaccine.
Interpol said it had seized thousands of fake coronavirus vaccine vials in raids earlier this year in South Africa and China. No fake shots were found in the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
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