Feb 03, 2021 03:48 PM

Chinese Police Arrest 80 Members of Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Ring

What’s new: Chinese police in Beijing, as well as Jiangsu and Shandong provinces, have arrested more than 80 suspected members of a fake Covid-19 vaccine ring, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.

The group, led by a suspect surnamed Kong, is thought to have been using normal saline to manufacture and sell fake novel coronavirus vaccines, including to other countries, since September. More than 3,000 doses of fake Covid-19 vaccines have been seized, according to local police.

What’s more: When asked about the fake vaccine ring, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wan Wenbin told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that “the Chinese side has notified relevant countries of the situation.”

He said that the crackdown was led by the ministry of public security, which instructed public security departments nationwide to carry out special operations to combat and prevent vaccine-related crimes.

“The Chinese government attaches high importance to vaccine safety and will continue to take measures in accordance with law to crack down on illegal production and sale of counterfeit vaccines, smuggling, illegal vaccination and other vaccine-related crimes,” he said. “In the meantime, we will enhance law enforcement cooperation with relevant countries to prevent the spreading of such crimes.”

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