The United States of America Customs and Border Protection officials have seized more than 6,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards across the country.
Two international mail packages from China with 70 fake cards were stopped in Pittsburgh last week, the news outlet reported. Both packages were intended for the same address, and an investigation is underway.
Also in Edo State, Nigeria, health officials have reported the sale of Covid-19 vaccination cards by vaccination personnels. The cards are sold for as much as N5000.
“Coronavirus and its variants continues to pose a serious health and safety threat to American citizens, and so do unscrupulous vendors who peddle counterfeit COVID vaccination cards,” William Fitting, the Pittsburgh port director, said in a statement.
“Customs and Border Protection will continue to intercept counterfeit goods, such as these fake vaccine cards, that threaten our nation, our people and our economy,” he said.
Since mid-August, officers have seized thousands of fake COVID-19 cards at airports and shipping ports, including hubs in Anchorage, Alaska; Chicago; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Memphis, Tennessee.
At the Port of Cincinnati, officers have seized shipments with nearly 1,700 fake vaccine cards and more than 2,000 fake Pfizer stickers. The vaccine cards displayed a CDC logo but had substandard printing and misspelled words.
Along this development investigation by Midwest Herald reveal that the Covid-19 vaccination cards issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC are of very low standard which is prone to imitation.
The fake Covid shipments in America originated in China and were being sent to non-medical people at private residences in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, and Texas.
“Creating or buying a fake COVID-19 vaccination card is illegal, not to mention dangerous,” Richard Gillespie, the Cincinnati port director, said in a statement.
The FBI has warned that buying, selling, or using counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards is illegal and breaks federal laws.
“Purchasing counterfeit cards supports criminals whose only concern is their bank account, not American security or the health of our citizens,” Gillespie said.
“Counterfeiters will try to replicate anything to benefit themselves, with no thought to the innocent victims that may suffer from their actions.”
The British Government has muted that Covid-19 vaccine cards issued in Africa may not be accepted as a pass to enter the United Kingdom.