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Pfizer identifies fake COVID-19 vaccine doses in Mexico, Poland

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    About 80 people at a clinic in Mexico received a fake COVID-19 vaccine going for about $1,000 a dose, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier Wednesday. Pfizer identifies fake COVID-19 vaccine doses in Mexico, Poland
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About 80 people at a clinic in Mexico received a fake COVID-19 vaccine going for about $1,000 a dose, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier Wednesday. The individuals did not appear to have been physically harmed, according to the outlet.

 

Pfizer said it has identified fake versions of its COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland, one of several reported examples of criminals attempting to exploit the worldwide demand for vaccination against the virus. 

"We are cognizant that in this type of environment – fueled by the ease and convenience of e-commerce and anonymity afforded by the Internet — there will be an increase in the prevalence of fraud, counterfeit and other illicit activity as it relates to vaccines and treatments for COVID-19," the pharmaceutical company said Wednesday in a statement to FOX Television Stations.

About 80 people at a clinic in Mexico received a fake COVID-19 vaccine going for about $1,000 a dose, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier Wednesday. The individuals did not appear to have been physically harmed, according to the outlet.

A substance inside vials found in Poland was likely an anti-wrinkle treatment, according to Reuters. Polish authorities, which seized the fake vaccine at a man’s apartment, said no one had received it.

Pfizer said it expects an increase in counterfeiting and other illegal activity surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and other treatments amid the global pandemic and continues to work to identify such threats.

"Pfizer has extensive experience in criminal risk mitigation and is collaborating with BioNTech to take meaningful steps to help reduce the risk of illicit COVID-19 Vaccine activity," Pfizer’s statement continued. "Our designated team of ex-law enforcement and forensic science specialists are tracking trends very carefully and have processes in place to identify threats to the legitimate supply chain."

The company said it is continuing to work with governments, law enforcement, healthcare providers and others to combat any illegal activity. It’s also asking individuals seeking the vaccine to be aware of how vaccines are normally distributed.

"Patients should never try to secure a vaccine online — no legitimate vaccine is sold online — and only get vaccinated at official vaccination centers or by certified healthcare providers," Pfizer’s statement added.