U.S. drugmaker Pfizer has confirmed the distribution of fake Covid-19 vaccines in Mexico. Government officials say doses were being sold by as much as USD 2,500 a shot, following a police operation that arrested multiple suspects.
Pfizer said in a statement that the desire for a vaccine and the deregulation of e-commerce accounts for “an increase in the prevalence of fraud, counterfeit, and other illicit activity related to vaccines.”
Mexico has already reported other cases of vaccine scams. In February, the police arrested a group selling fraudulent doses in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. Health authorities are also examining a 6,000-doses shipment seized on a private plane headed to Honduras.