Guatemala investigating slew of fake Covid-19 tests

Guatemala investigating slew of fake Covid-19 tests
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Officials in Guatemala opened an investigation after finding roughly 30,000 fake Covid-19 tests being sold for a combined value of roughly USD 1 million. Edwin Asturias, the former head of the country’s pandemic response, said that false-negative tests may have helped aggravate the spread of the coronavirus.

The tests were allegedly brought in from the U.S. by a private company in Guatemala, which the U.S. supplier denies. 

Since the start of the pandemic, several countries in Latin America have reported cases of fake tests, fake vaccines, as well as other wrongdoings, such as oxygen cylinder theft or overpriced supply purchases.

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