Highlights:

  • Over 80 people arrested in China for smuggling and supplying fake Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Reports confirmed that some fake vaccines have reached Africa as well.
  • Along with the arrest, 3,000 doses of fake vaccines have been seized from the accused.
  • The arrests and doses of confiscation were conducted by the raid carried out jointly by police in Beijing and East China’s Jiangsu and Shandong provinces along with other regions.

The authorities in China arrested over 80 people in the case of smuggling and supplying fake covid-19 vaccines, a few of which have already reached Africa. The joint action force of police in Beijing and East China’s Jiangsu and Shandong provinces along with other regions carried out a raid and arrested that accused and seized 3,000 doses of the fake jabs. Since September last year, this illegal business was breathing and earning profit for the suspects.

The vaccines were made by injecting saline into pre-filled syringes and they were sold for high prices. It is still a mystery how the smugglers managed to leave the country and smuggle the fake vaccine to Africa. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin stated that effective measures would be taken against the accused. Japanese media reported the case in early January but it was slammed by the Chinese Embassy in Japan referring to the report to be misleading.

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