Thousands of FAKE Covid vaccines are seized in South Africa and China, but Interpol warns it's 'just the tip of the iceberg'
- South African police found 2.400 doses of fake COVID vaccines on Wednesday
- Chinese authorities also raided a factory with more than 3.000 fake vaccines
- Interpol has received reports of fake vaccine vendors targeting nursing homes
Police seized thousands of fake COVID-19 vaccine doses and arrested more than 80 suspects in South Africa and China on Wednesday, warning Interpol that the raids are `` just the tip of the iceberg. ''
International police said about 2.400 doses of fake vaccines against it coronavirus in 400 ampoules were confiscated along with a 'large quantity' of mouth masks in a warehouse in Germiston, South Africa.
Chinese police seized more than 3.000 fake vaccines after a raid on a factory. Authorities also arrested 80 suspects on the spot.
Both studies were supported by Interpol because it claimed it had received more reports from criminal vaccine distribution networks targeting nursing homes and other health agencies.
South African police seized about 2.400 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines from a warehouse in Germiston on Wednesday. Four suspects were also arrested on the spot
Officers found 400 ampoules of fake vaccines against the corona virus in South Africa. Interpol warns that the raids are "just the tip of the iceberg."
Photos from the South African raids showed boxes piled up in a largely empty warehouse and a box full of fake COVID-19 vaccine cartridges.
"While we are happy with this result, it is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to crime related to the Covid-19 vaccine," said Juergen Stock, Interpol's secretary general.
He added: `` Following our warning that criminals would target the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, both online and offline, Interpol continues to fully support national authorities working to protect the health and safety of their burgers. '
The South African National Police said "foreigners" trying to sell fake vaccines in the country were among those arrested in the warehouse.
South African police said 'foreigners' tried to distribute fake vaccines in the country after warehouse raid on Wednesday
A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Public Security said, "The Chinese police are conducting a targeted campaign to prevent and combat vaccine-related crimes and proactively investigate and combat vaccine-related crimes in accordance with the law."
Interpol issued a 'Code Orange' warning to authorities around the world earlier this year to prepare for organized crime networks targeting Covid-19 vaccines, both physically and online.
The global policy agency also warned that there are currently no approved vaccines for sale online, saying those who bought fake doses from criminal networks were putting themselves at risk.
"Any vaccine advertised on websites or on the dark web is not legitimate, has not been tested and could be dangerous," he said.
Secretary General Stock warned in an interview with German weekly WirtschaftsWoche in December of a surge in crime due to the roll-out of vaccines, with thefts and burglaries of warehouses and attacks on vaccine shipments.
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