Indonesian Police React to Fake Covid-19 Vaccines Found in China, South Africa

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  • A woman reacts while receiving her first dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the mass vaccination program for the elderly people at a school in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 26, 2021. Indonesia has authorised a private vaccination scheme to run alongside its national programme so that companies can buy state-procured vaccines to inoculate their staff, a ministerial regulation showed on Friday. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

    A woman reacts while receiving her first dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the mass vaccination program for the elderly people at a school in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 26, 2021. Indonesia has authorised a private vaccination scheme to run alongside its national programme so that companies can buy state-procured vaccines to inoculate their staff, a ministerial regulation showed on Friday. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian National Police (Polri) announced that it will enact preventive measures against fake Covid-19 vaccines from entering the country. 

    “Surely Polri will back up the preventive measures against those counterfeit vaccines,” said the National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Rusid Hartono at his office in South Jakarta on March 5. 

    He said that police have yet received any information of a possible counterfeit vaccines circulating here but ensures that police will act quickly if they find one. 

    Hartono warned that the authorities will not hesitate to take action on people attempting to exploit the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    A recent report by the Interpol suggests that the counterfeit Covid-19 vaccines have been discovered in China and South Africa. The South Africa police managed to confiscate 2,400 fake vaccine doses in Johannesburg.

    Meanwhile in China, the local police force with help from Interpol raided a factory producing thousands of fake Covid-19 vaccines and detained around 80 suspects from the location. 

    ANDITA RAHMA