Feb 02, 2021

80 arrested as police crackdown on fake Covid-19 ring Featured

Chinese police have detained around 80 people and seized 3,000 fake Covid-19 vaccines, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.

The suspects are accused of selling pre-filled saline syringes as coronavirus vaccines at high mark-up prices.

The report said police in Beijing and the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Shandong had taken part in the operation and had tracked the places where the counterfeits had been produced and sold, locating an undisclosed number.

The arrests come as China is ramping up its vaccine production capacity. The authorities say 24 million doses have been administered so far, and the goal is to immunise 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday later this month.

Provincial authorities are also mobilising grass-roots networks to carry out mass inoculations.

Xinhua’s report said the police would crack down on vaccine-related crimes, including the sale and manufacture of fake vaccines, and reminded the public to get the vaccine through official channels to avoid fakes.

(Excerpts : scmp.com)