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According to Pfizer, the shots were being sold at $2,500. Mexican authorities explained that the fake jabs were offered via social media when the cyber police identified them.
U.S. Pfizer confirmed on Thursday fake doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland. This, amid a global warning by Interpol and the World Health Organization (WHO) about COVID-19 vaccine trafficking.
On the other hand, the company explained that vials of bogus COVID-19 vaccines in Poland were made of a cosmetic substance, probably anti-wrinkle cream.
"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," a Pfizer spokesperson told U.S. network ABC.
Batches of fake COVID-19 vaccines have been identified in other parts of the world, such as Mexico, South Africa, and Italy. Some of these vaccines were trafficked as doses of the Russian Sputnik V or the AstraZeneca vaccine.
#FromTheSouth News Bits | Peruvian health authorities announced the extension of the state of emergency until September 2, 2021. Meanwhile, the country received the first batch of 117,500 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses, continuing the vaccination campaign which started last month. pic.twitter.com/8hIpX6Znzy