Interpol has issued a global alert to law enforcement agencies around the world, warning them that organized crime networks may try to sell fake Covid-19 vaccines or steal real stocks.
The French-based global police coordination agency said on Wednesday that it had issued an orange alert to police in its 194 member states, warning them to prepare to physically and online target vaccinations.
He said the epidemic had previously triggered “unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behavior” and warned of a new wave of crime “in connection with the falsification, theft and illegal advertising of Covid-19 vaccines”.
The agency has called for close coordination between health regulators and law enforcement agencies as vaccines move closer to licensing and distribution to ensure supply chain security and identify illicit websites that distribute counterfeits.
As governments prepare to introduce mass vaccination programs, criminal gangs will “penetrate or disrupt supply chains and also target populations through fake websites and fake cures that could pose a significant risk to their health or even their lives,” the Interpol secretary said. General Jürgen Stock said.
“It is essential that law enforcement agencies are as prepared as possible to attack all types of crime related to the Covid-19 vaccine,” he said.