Washington – The vaccine of the coronavirus that is close to being approved in United States is eagerly awaited by a weary population yearning for a way back to normal life, But criminals are waiting too, ready to capitalize on this desperation, federal investigators warned..
Homeland Security investigators work with Pfizer, Modern and dozens of other pharmaceutical companies competing to develop and distribute the new coronavirus vaccine and treatments. The goal: prepare for the scams to come, especially after this year’s mess of illicit activity with fake personal protection gear, bogus cures, and extortion schemes.
“We are all very excited about the vaccine and the potential treatments,” said Steve Francis, deputy director of global trade research for the Homeland Security Investigations agency. “But I also warn against those criminal organizations and individuals who will try to deceive the American people.”
No vaccine has yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA for its acronym in English), which has authorized the first treatment against COVID-19: the antiviral drug remdesivir. Regarding vaccines and treatments, he has warned about the possibility of fraud.
“The FDA is particularly concerned that these deceptive products could cause Americans to delay or interrupt proper medical treatment, leading to serious and even fatal harm,” the agency said in a recent statement.
Pharmaceuticals are required to have safety and security devices in place to help prevent fraud, but that will probably not be available until the second generation of vaccines, given that everything is being operated on an emergency basis, he stressed Karen Gardner, Chief Marketing Officer at SIPCA North America, a company that works as a liaison between government, business and consumers. Gardner added that that makes it more important to educate healthcare providers about what real drugs look like.
“When you have something in high demand and in limited stocks, there is going to be fraud,” he said. Desperation will drive people around the normal roads.
Meanwhile, researchers are learning how the vaccine will be packaged and spreading the word to agents in the field, creating a huge database with information from more than 200 companies, in order to be prepared to detect counterfeit products and stop potentially dangerous fraud. and lethal.