The United Nations reported through its official website that malicious groups tried to use the name of international organizations to fraudulently sell COVID-19 vaccines.
In a statement, the UN reported that through phone calls, a criminal group has posed as officials of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) or from World Health Organization (WHO).
The scam consists of offering the sale of vaccines against COVID-19 in Mexico, even sending supposed contracts to formalize the transaction; However, from the United Nations System in the country, they clarified that it is something completely false.
According to the statement, none of the aforementioned agencies, including also the various UN agencies that could be used for this fraud, is dedicated to the sale of vaccines for the immunization against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“We ask people, companies and institutions to be attentive. Do not be fooled, do not provide your data, or make requested payments on behalf of PAHO / WHO or any other UN agency in order to acquire vaccines”, they said.
By last, recalled that vaccines in Mexico are only available through government vaccination programs, which will continue to be applied in accordance with the Vaccination Plan presented by the epidemiological authorities.
It is not the first time that a fraud of this type has been noticed, since recently the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) warned the falsification of the vaccine against COVID-19.
According to the statement, it was an apocryphal vaccine that the pharmaceutical company’s biological promised Pfizer-BioNTech, same as It was sold in a clinic located in the municipality of San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León.
For its part, the head of the Nuevo León Health Secretariat, Manuel de la O Cavazos, confirmed that the alleged antigen had been applied to at least 80 inhabitants of a residential area in the state.
At the event, he also reported that people received the offer to administer the vaccine in exchange for 11,110 pesos in the cheapest case, as it also confirmed the request of up to 25 thousand pesos in exchange for a dose of the antidote.
During the operation they met and seized the vials with the alleged dose of the BNT162B2 vaccine; Six people were also arrested at the establishment.
Scammers claim to be members of the World Health Organization and offer you the alleged immunization over the phone.
Other scams that have been identified are through social networks or WhatsApp, where people over 60 are alerted to get vaccinated in different municipalities for alleged leftovers of the antidote, according to the CDMX government.
In addition, Cofepris reported the falsehood after alleged advertisements on different web pages where they promised the vaccine against COVID-19 in the Chopo Medical Laboratory chain; Attempts have also been made to fraudulently sell alleged doses of the antidote developed by the company Moderna TX.
The Ministry of Inclusion and Social Welfare (SIBISO) of Mexico City also alerted various fraudulent practices. Through a statement, the dependency alerted the population about a false list of vaccination points in the country’s capital.
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