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Fake Vaccines Being Sold at the Border. It’s a Thing.

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A line of migrants wait to be picked up at the San Ysidro border crossing on Fri., March 19

With COVID-19 vaccines being distributed throughout the U.S., it’s no surprise that people are starting to sell fake vaccines to gain a profit. On March 3, a private medical clinic in Mexico’s northern area had six employees arrested for selling and offering fake COVID vaccines for over 40,000 pesos ($2,000) a dose. 

The clinic first started distributing their fake vaccines back on Dec. 24, 2020, starting with health care workers. These vaccines were presented as Pfizer-BioNTech doses, which were only available via the private company and government vaccination teams. The clinic was busted when the fake vaccines went on sale in Monterrey, which is in the border state of Nuevo León, Mexico.

It was not long before Mexico’s public safety secretary, Rosa Icela Rodriguez, stated these fabricated immunizations are a huge safety hazard to the public on top of COVID. 

Experts have been keeping a watch for criminal activity, especially stealing and counterfeiting medical supplies, as many of the gangs in Mexico have stolen oxygen tanks and vaccines.

Last month, Mexico’s Health Department officials reported confirmed more than two million COVID cases, with the death toll at nearly 200,000.

Despite a fake vaccine scare, Mexican officials began distributing the real COVID vaccine to people over the age of 65 but have yet to reach 750,000 front-line health care workers in the country.

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