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Beware of counterfeits! The warning also applies to health. This is how fake vaccines have been reported in Belgium in particular, and the European Commission is calling for vigilance.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Beware of counterfeits! The warning also applies to health. This is how fake vaccines have been reported in Belgium in particular, and the European Commission is calling for vigilance.

“It is strongly recommended not to buy these vaccines on the street, in stores or online.” This is the (incongruous) warning that the Belgian health authorities have just addressed to the population. While Interpol had already intercepted, in Paris, a network of fabrications of false PCR tests recently, investigators saw the first signs of trafficking in false anti-covid vaccines in the neighboring kingdom.

Also, institutional communication is obliged to clearly specify that “the only safe and effective vaccines are free and administered in vaccination centers, hospitals or retirement homes”. Because it is clear that vials bought in a hurry can not guarantee the same protection against the virus first, but could especially harm the health of those who inject the uncertified content.

Faced with an epidemic which is gaining ground (5,000 new cases in one month in Luxembourg) and the deliveries of “ real ” vaccines which are struggling to arrive from the three authorized laboratories, some give in to the temptation to obtain them by them – even the long awaited serum. Bad idea.

Europe is investigating

Without wishing to reveal more, Wednesday, the co-responsible for the vaccination strategy for Belgium, revealed that the recovered counterfeits were “apparently of Russian origin”. But above all, Sabine Stordeur insisted on the fact that any anti-covid injection had to be made by a healthcare professional ready to intervene in the event of a severe allergic reaction, within 15 minutes of the injection in particular.

Besides Belgium, Italian authorities have also identified cases of people selling covid-19 vaccines outside the healthcare system. Enough to encourage the President of the European Commission to mean that accepting a vaccine on the “black market” could represent an incalculable health risk. The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is already investigating “people who profit from misfortune” and fraudulent online sales of vaccines, said Ursula von der Leyen.


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