The Financial Times writes that 80 people in Mexico were vaccinated with a fake Pfizer, and that Polish authorities recovered vials containing anti-shrinkage agents. As the demand for vaccines increases, so does the associated black market.
- Polish authorities have arrested a man who found fake vials and charged him with fraud
- The quantities found at the Mexican Clinic were stored in freezers, where you can buy beer on the beach.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is easier to counterfeit than to steal
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Pfizer says it has identified the first confirmed cases of a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine developed with Bioendech. The company has been testing bottles seized by officials from both countries during an independent investigation. The Financial Times reports that Pfizer has confirmed the existence of a fake vaccine.
Hyaluronic acid instead of vaccine
According to Pfizer and Polish officials quoted in the newspaper, in January, Polish police confiscated several vials filled with liquid and labeled the Pfizer / Bioentech vaccine in a man’s apartment. The substance found in bottles seized in Poland is probably an anti-shrinkage agent. It was not given to anyone, and the person whose apartment was found to have a counterfeit quantity was arrested and charged with fraud.
Pfizer suspected that the vaccines were counterfeit because they were not in the vials used by the company to make COVID-19. Instead, they resembled other containers found by police in a man’s apartment that had a third-party anti-shrinkage label. Pfizer tested the fluid in its laboratory. He found that key ingredients were missing, and instead, company employees discovered the hyaluronic acid used in skin care products.
In turn, the fake vaccines identified in Mexico were given to about 80 people, Priced at $ 1,000 per bottle. Often, there is no physical damage to those who are vaccinated, writes FT. The vials were found during a police search of a clinic in Nuevo Lyon. They were at the freezer stations where you can buy beer on the beach. They had different block numbers than the official distribution and incorrect expiration date. Six people were detained by Mexican police.
One of the FT’s intermediaries said people were being paid for in filtered water. Pfizer has confirmed that the vaccine is counterfeit, but has not yet provided details about the vials.
Crimes related to the COVID-19 vaccine are a new challenge facing law enforcement agencies around the world. Websites that collect personal data on the pretext of selling vaccines are becoming increasingly popular, and the trade in counterfeit masks and personal protective equipment is growing.
Distributing fake COVID-19 vaccines is easier than stealing and then selling legal injections. As the Financial Times writes, Vaccine manufacturers and the countries where they are distributed have taken “extreme precautionary measures” during epidemics. In addition, large drug makers such as Pfizer use teams of former law enforcement officers to train government agencies and assist in investigations into counterfeit drugs.
– Everyone in the world needs vaccines. Lev Kubiak, director of global security for Pfizer, was quoted by the Financial Times as saying. – We have very limited stocks that will grow as our business grows and other companies enter the vaccine market. In the meantime, the culprits have a better chance – he added.