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Corona crisis in Africa – danger from the bottle

Organized gangs from Asia are increasingly trying to get the adulterated vaccine on the African black market.

Not all ambulances are protected against Govt-19: In South Africa and China, authorities have confiscated thousands of contaminated contents.

Photo: Ben Curtis (AB, Keystone)

A few weeks before the big discovery, Interpol had warned of an “organized crime” in relation to the Covit-19 vaccine. Authorities in a warehouse in the South African province of Qutung have found 400 ambulances – equivalent to 2,400 vaccine doses – and arrested three Chinese and a champion. A police spokesman said they had a plan to sell fake vaccines to unsuspecting individuals on the black market.

In China, investigators uncovered a whole network of counterfeit notes at once: they arrested 80 suspects and seized 3,000 contaminated vaccines – just “the tip of the iceberg”, according to Interpol. In February, Chinese authorities had already arrested one person for filling about 60,000 bottles with a mixture of salt and mineral water and smuggling some of them abroad.

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