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COVID-19: Over 58, 000 fake vaccines busted in China, 600 doses sent overseas

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Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

According to a statement from the Supreme People’s Procurator ate, a group of suspects led by a ring leader, identified only by his surname as Kong, was detained by the police last November for producing about 58,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines made of simple saline resolution.

Kong’s group generated 12 million yuan (about 1.86 million dollars) in profits through the sales of the fake vaccines, the statement said.

In a related case, a number of suspects bought the fake COVID-19 vaccines produced by Kong and tried to smuggle them overseas.

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A batch of 600 doses of the fake vaccines was transported to Hong Kong on Nov. 11 in 2020 and sent to an unknown destination overseas the next day.

A second batch of 1,200 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Hong Kong on Nov. 12 2020.

But the group was forced to destroy the unsold fake vaccines two weeks later, after a number of accomplices were detained by Chinese police.

As of Wednesday, about 70 suspects have been arrested in 21 cases related to fake COVID-19 vaccines, the statement said.


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