Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Hit India as Country Struggles With Immunizations

Lincoln Wylie

NEW DELHI—One morning in late May, hundreds of individuals from an upscale housing sophisticated in a Mumbai suburb lined up to get their very first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Unbeknown to them, they obtained a shot of saline option.

Authorities say the rip-off was one of the most significant of many that have led to hundreds of individuals getting faux vaccines in India. The world vaccine rollout has introduced an opportunity for criminals, significantly in the creating environment exactly where doses have been in small supply.

In April, Pfizer Inc. reported it experienced identified counterfeit versions of a vaccine it made with BioNTech SE in Mexico and Poland. In South Africa very last yr, authorities identified two,four hundred doses of illicit vaccines in a warehouse. Interpol reported in March that it experienced identified a community connected to the bust and raided a lab in China exactly where they were

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