Education workers in Mexico's Veracruz state wait to get vaccinated. (Photo: AP-Yonhap News)
Mexico has warned people in the country to beware of fake coronavirus vaccines, calling them "a risk to health."
Mexican health authorities said Wednesday that false doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were found in February and had apparently been sold and administered.
Pfizer said in a statement it had detected counterfeit vaccines both in Mexico and Poland.
"We are cognizant that in this type of environment, fueled by the ease and convenience of e-commerce and anonymity afforded by the Internet, there will be an increase in the prevalence of fraud, counterfeit and other illicit activity as it relates to vaccines and treatments for COVID-19," Pfizer said.
The Mexican government urged the public not to try to get vaccines from online or private sellers, because all real vaccines are being distributed by the government.
However, there haven`t been enough doses to go around, prompting some Mexicans to fall prey to fake vaccines, or travel to the United States to get vaccinated.
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