(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – COUNTERFEIT versions of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have been identified in Mexico and Poland, a Pfizer spokesperson confirmed to ABC News — adding to the running tally of scam attempts in the U.S. and internationally.
“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,” the spokesperson told ABC News.
A source familiar with the matter told ABC News a cosmetic product was inside the vials of fake vaccine in Poland; Pfizer is now working closely with local authorities.
The Justice Department’s International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property attorneys in Latin America and Eastern Europe are “aware” of the counterfeit Pfizer vaccines identified in Mexico and Poland, and “are seeking to coordinate with and support local authorities and Pfizer, as needed,” the DOJ said.
DOJ and the law enforcement agencies at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center “continue to closely monitor U.S. sources for any indication of fakes in the domestic supply chain,” the spokesman said.
This latest volley of fraud was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, however, it’s not the first time this issue has been raised on the international stage.
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