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