Pfizer Reports Fake COVID Vaccines Sold on Black Markets in Mexico and Poland

Pfizer Inc. reported that counterfeit versions of their COVID-19 vaccines are being sold in black markets in Mexico and Poland.

“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,” said Pfizer. 

In Mexico, more than 80 people have been inoculated with fake vaccines but were unaffected physically. 

Dr. Manuel de la O Cavazos, the health secretary of Nuevo León state said the vaccines were being sold as much as $1000 and had fraudulent labeling which showed fake manufacturing dates and other details. 

In Poland, police seized fake vials at a man’s apartment which were marked as Pfizer vaccines but actually contained anti-wrinkling agents.

The World Health Organization already warned last month that the fake shots “may still be in circulation in the region”. 

According to Pfizer, the fake Mexican vaccines contained no traces of their own vaccines whatsoever.

“We have a very limited supply, a supply that will increase as we ramp up and other companies enter the vaccine space. In the interim, there is a perfect opportunity for criminals,” warned Pfizer’s head of global security Lev Kubiak.


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