Amidst the continuing surge of Covid-19, unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage of the situation to sell fake vaccines to the consternation of authorities.
Noting its effects on the public, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered its personnel to monitor any signs of such vaccines.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday said he has ordered police and civilian authorities to be on the lookout for the counterfeit vaccines.
The order is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) alert released last month.
“There is a global medical product alert issued by the WHO last month and it is about a fake vaccine from Pfizer Biontech. He has the name BNT162B2 and it has already been discovered in Mexico when we gave a warning. “
He also added, “ We don’t have any monitoring here in the country yet but you know it’s hard when someone comes here and starts to increase and our countrymen will be in danger or risk of their health (The WHO issued a global medical product alert last month detailing the proliferation of fakes Pfizer Biontech vaccines called BNT162B2 in Mexico so that why we are issuing a warning.
We are still to detect any signs of it here in the Philippines.”
He also added that the public should be wary of such rackets as it is only the government that, at this time, is the sole source of Covid-19 vaccines in the Philippines.