Pfizer confirms fake COVID-19 vaccine found in Mexico and Poland: Report

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has confirmed with media that it has identified counterfeit versions of the COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico and Poland.

Spokesperson Told the Wall Street Journal The fake version of the Mexican Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was incorrectly labeled, but the substance in the Polish vial was probably an anti-wrinkle treatment.

Testing confirmed that the doses identified in both countries were fake.

Officials in the International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Department of the Department of Justice in Latin America and Eastern Europe are aware of counterfeit Pfizer vaccines in Mexico, Poland and DOJ. Told to ABC News“We are coordinating and supporting local governments and Pfizer as needed,” he added.

A Twitter account operated by the Polish government to promote COVID-19 vaccination and provide up-to-date information on the country’s vaccine drive shared the WSJ report. Be careful “All doses distributed through the National Vaccine Program are sourced directly from the manufacturer and are genuine. The practices described. [in the article] It is illegal and is associated with the acquisition of vaccines from suspicious sources. Poland does not identify such inoculations, as described in the article. “

A WSJ report said 80 people had been injected with the fake vaccine in a Mexican clinic, and Polish officials said no one in Poland had received the fake vaccine.

Polish health minister Adam Nizierski answered questions about fake vaccine reports in Poland and Mexico at a press conference in Warsaw on Wednesday. Reporters asked if the counterfeit vaccine had entered the official distribution pipeline.

“There is virtually no risk of fake being officially distributed,” said Niedzielski. “All certified products are designed to eventually arrive at vaccination sites, ensuring the safety of the entire logistics chain and preventing fake vaccines from being officially distributed,” he added. It was.

Polish news agency Polsat News reported The reporter said he managed to buy a fake Pfizer vaccine in January and the man who sold the vial was subsequently arrested by police.

Lev Kubiak, Pfizer’s Head of Global Security, told The Wall Street Journal that global supply and demand for vaccines led to fraud.

“Our supply is very limited. It will increase as supply increases and as other companies enter the vaccine sector. Temporarily, there is a great opportunity for criminals,” he told the outlet. Told.

It comes after the World Health Organization Warning in March A number of “counterfeit” Pfizer vaccines found in Mexico warned that Shot “may still be in circulation in the region.” Health agencies added that fake vaccines were supplied and administered to patients outside the licensed vaccination program.

The Epoch Times asked Pfizer to comment on the counterfeit vaccine, but did not receive a public response.