Police break up ‘fake Covid vaccine network’ in China and South Africa

Police break up 'fake vaccine network' in China and South Africa
Hundreds of vials were found in Gauteng. Source: Interpol
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Daily US Times: Police in South Africa and China have seized thousands of doses of fake Covid vaccine and made dozens of arrests, Interpol says.

Police made 80 arrests at a factory in China allegedly making fake Covid vaccine, where at least 3,000 doses were found.

Three Chinese and a Zambian citizen were detained at a warehouse in Gauteng, South Africa, where ampoules containing 2,400 doses were discovered.

It is unclear when exactly the arrests took place.

The discovery of fake vaccine manufacture in South Africa was reported by the country’s Sunday Times newspaper at the end of December.

Interpol, short for the International Criminal Police Organization, said in a statement on Wednesday that it was also getting reports of other fake vaccine rings.

Interpol is based in Lyon, France and facilitates international co-operation between police forces and crime control.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 2.5 million lives worldwide and infected nearly 115 million people, Johns Hopkins University data shows.

Announcing the dismantling of the suspected fake vaccine network, Interpol stressed that no approved Covid-19 vaccines were “currently available for sale online”.

It said: “Any vaccine being advertised on websites or the dark web, will not be legitimate, will not have been tested and may be dangerous.”

Vaccines are a vital tool for overcoming the coronavirus pandemic and competition is fierce across the world to buy up available doses following the approval of a growing number of products by medical authorities in recent months.

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