Over 58, 000 fake COVID-19 vaccines busted in China, 600 doses sent overseas

COVID-19

CHINESE police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, a group of suspects led by a ring leader, identified only by his surname as Kong, was detained by the police last November for producing about 58,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines made of simple saline resolution.

Kong’s group generated 12 million yuan (about 1.86 million dollars) in profits through the sales of the fake vaccines, the statement said.

In a related case, a number of suspects bought the fake COVID-19 vaccines produced by Kong and tried to smuggle them overseas.

A batch of 600 doses of the fake vaccines was transported to Hong Kong on Nov. 11 in 2020 and sent to an unknown destination overseas the next day.

The second batch of 1,200 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Hong Kong on Nov. 12, 2020.

But the group was forced to destroy the unsold fake vaccines two weeks later after a number of accomplices were detained by Chinese police.

As of Wednesday, about 70 suspects have been arrested in 21 cases related to fake COVID-19 vaccines, the statement said.

NAN

– Feb. 10, 2021 @ 18:09 GMT /

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