Fake vaccine trading scheme unveiled in two countries: Anti-wrinkle injections called Pfizer
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer claims to have identified counterfeit versions of its coronavirus vaccine in Mexico and Poland. The doses were seized by authorities in both countries and confirmed by tests that were false.
In Mexico, vaccines had false labels, while the substance in Poland called Pfizer was believed to be anti-wrinkle treatment.
The World Health Organization has warned that fake vaccines pose a serious risk to global public health.
The WHO has called for them to be identified and removed from circulation.
But Poland's health minister stressed that the risk of counterfeit doses circulating is non-existent as they have not yet been administered.
Counterfeit doses were seized by authorities investigating in both countries.
About 80 people at a clinic in Mexico received a fake version of the vaccine which is said to be physically harmless but also offers no protection against the coronavirus.
Mexican government spokesman for Covid-19 Hugo Lopez-Gatell said the fake vaccines were discovered by cyber police after they were offered on social media for $ 2,500 a dose. Several people have been arrested for their trafficking.
Lev Kubiak, Pfizer's global security chief, said global vaccine demand and supply shortages have led to these fraudulent schemes.