Nearly 800 people have received one or more injections of fake Covid-19 vaccines in Uganda, a scam mounted by “unscrupulous” doctors and nurses, Ugandan authorities announced on Wednesday. Counterfeit vaccines, sometimes mixed with water, were administered between May and June, in the midst of a wave of coronavirus contaminations in the country, with an average of 1,700 new cases per day.
The crooks were targeting in priority vaccine candidates willing to pay for their injection, when Uganda was precisely in lack of doses for its free vaccination campaign, explained Dr Warren Naamara, in charge of the presidency of monitoring services. health. “Unscrupulous individuals, with the intention of making money, have duped members of the population with false vaccinations against Covid-19,” said Dr Naamara. “Two health workers have been arrested, and a doctor is on the run,” he said.
The fake vaccines contained water
The people – nearly 800 – who received these injections do not have to worry, the tests indicating that the vials concerned did not contain any dangerous product, with “just water in some”, assured the same official. The crooks charged between 80,000 and 500,000 Ugandan shillings ($ 25 to $ 120) for each injection.
The Ministry of Health recalled on Wednesday that the government was providing free and approved Covid-19 vaccines at designated vaccination sites. Since June 18, contaminations and deaths have skyrocketed in Uganda, where President Yoweri Museveni has ordered a strict curfew and a halt to public and private transport for 42 days. Since then, the number of infections has dropped, with 252 new cases every day. Since the start of the pandemic, Uganda has recorded 91,162 cases for 2,425 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the latest count on Wednesday from health authorities.