Chinese authorities have busted more than 80 associates of a criminal group operating a fake COVID-19 vaccine ring, state media said.
Police in the Beijing, Jiangsu and Shandong provinces seized more than 3,000 of the doses being sold as coronavirus vaccines, though they only consisted of saline solution, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The shots had been sold since September in China and abroad, the outlet reported.
“China has already reported the situation to the relevant countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press conference Tuesday.
It’s unclear what other countries got caught up in the scam.
Wang said the government “highly values vaccine safety and will continue to take efforts to strictly prosecute any counterfeits, fake sales and illegal business, and other related actions that involve vaccines.”
“At the same time, China will strengthen our law enforcement cooperation with the relevant countries, to earnestly prevent the spread of this type of illegal and criminal action,” he said.
With Post wires