About 800 people in Uganda have received one or more fake COVID-19 vaccines, a scam perpetrated by “dishonest” doctors and nurses, Ugandan officials said Wednesday.
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Counterfeit vaccines, sometimes mixed with water, delivered an average of 1,700 new cases a day between May and June, amid a wave of corona virus pollution in the country.
In the absence of scales for Uganda’s free vaccination campaign, fraudsters have targeted preferred vaccine candidates who are willing to pay for their injections, Dr. Warren Namara explained for the position of head of surveillance services.
“Dishonest individuals have deceived the population with false vaccines against COVID-19 for the purpose of making money,” Dr Namara told AFP. “Two health workers have been arrested and a doctor is on the run,” he said.
People who received these injections – almost 800 people need not worry, tests that indicate there are no dangerous products in the vials involved, only “water in some”, assured the same official.
Fraudsters charge between 80,000 and 500,000 Ugandan shillings ($ 25 to $ 120) for each needle.
The Ministry of Health on Wednesday recalled that the government was providing free and approved Govt-19 vaccines at designated vaccination sites. Since June 18, pollution and deaths have risen in Uganda, where President Yoweri Museveni has ordered a strict curfew and a 42-day moratorium on public and private transport.
Since then, the number of infections has dropped to 252 new cases every day. Since the outbreak began, 91,162 cases of 2,425 deaths from the corona virus have been reported in Uganda, according to the latest number of health officials on Wednesday.