Counterfeit Vaccines Pose Risk to Public Health
Elaine Ng, Jessica Singh
The COVID-19 global pandemic saw an upsurge in cases of infection from 2019 to 2020 that progressively increased and spanned across the globe. Drug companies like Pfizer and Moderna have begun producing vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2-virus. However, with improvements in vaccine distribution comes the opportunity for criminal activity involving fraudulent vaccines that do not provide the same benefits compared to legitimate vaccines. The risks of fake vaccines include, but are not limited to, hazardous reactions towards unknown substances, danger to public health, and contribution to crime waves. Multiple world organizations have urged the public about safety and alertness towards the possibility of scam vaccinations to ensure widespread safety. By following guidelines set by these organizations, the amount of improperly administered fraudulent vaccines can be significantly reduced.