The latest development in the coronavirus outbreak may prevent people from being vaccinated properly. Pfizer said it had detected fake Covid-19 vaccines in both Poland and Mexico.
The Wall Street Journal reported that about 80 people in Mexico were given the fake vaccine, and doses sold for $1,000 each. Fortunately, those who get fake vaccines have not yet been harmed.
Pfizer confirmed the report and told CNET that finding a fake vaccine was expected. “In such an environment, we are aware that the ease, convenience, and anonymity of e-commerce and the anonymity provided by the internet feed on the prevalence of vaccine-related fraud, counterfeiting, and other illegal activities,” the company said.
Pfizer says it has a team of former law enforcement and forensic experts working to help prevent threats such as counterfeiting or illegal vaccine sales.
It also warns the public not to shop for vaccines online. “No legitimate vaccines are sold online. Get vaccinated only at official vaccination centers or certified healthcare providers,” he said.