At least six people have been detained in the state Mexican from Nuevo León (north) for selling a fake vaccine against coronavirus covid-19 at prices of up to $ 2,000, local authorities reported on Wednesday.
After receiving a complaint, law enforcement agencies went to a house in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, where they found false doses of the vaccine from the American-German alliance Pfizer/BioNTech and they arrested six people accused of selling that merchandise, indicated the Nuevo León Health Secretariat.
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“We have direct evidence that it is a fraudulent vaccine (…) it was sold for up to 40,000 pesos”(About $ 2,000), Hugo López Gatell, Mexican Undersecretary of Health, told a press conference.
Monterrey is the third largest city in the country, headquarters of transnational firms and home to wealthy businessmen. The site where the fake vaccine was placed, the suburb of San Nicolás de los Garza, is the richest municipality in the country, according to official statistics.
The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks, which regulates everything related to health, said in a statement that the products found “are apocryphal” and of “dubious origin.”
The health authorities recalled that in Mexico no private individual has been authorized to market the vaccine against covid-19 and that it is only administered by the Ministry of Health for free.
Mexico began applying the covid-19 vaccine on December 24, starting with medical personnel and a small number of teachers from the east of the country.
Since last Monday, people over 65 years of age began to be vaccinated.
Until this Wednesday, Mexico registered 177,061 deaths from covid-19 and just over two million infections.
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