In South Africa, "some 400 ampoules - equivalent to around 2,400 doses - containing the fake vaccine were found at a warehouse in Germiston, Gauteng, where officers also recovered a large quantity of fake 3 million masks and arrested three Chinese nationals and a Zambian national," the organization explained in a statement.
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The announcement comes after Interpol issued a global alert explaining that the vaccines could be an easy target for criminal organizations. Moreover, Interpol explained that the findings are "the tip of the iceberg."
Likewise, authorities seized more than 3,000 fake vaccines and arrested 80 people in China. This as authorities recalled that thus far, no legitimate COVID-19 vaccine is available for sale online.
"Investigations are continuing, and in addition to the arrests in South Africa and China, INTERPOL is also receiving additional reports of fake vaccine distribution and scam attempts targeting health bodies, such as nursing homes," the Interpol said.
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