The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned local government units (LGUs) and the public on fake Pfizer vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that are out in the market following an alert issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In an advisory, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año called on all provincial governors, city/municipal mayors, and punong barangays to be cautious about their vaccine sources or chain of supply and ensure that all medical products, particularly Covid-19 vaccines, must be obtained from authorized/licensed suppliers.
“While there is no information yet on the presence of the fake vaccines in the country, LGUs should exercise increased diligence as these fake vaccines may be dangerous to the health of those who get inoculated,” Año said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a global medical product alert on a falsified Covid-19 vaccine with the product name “BNT162b2,” which claims to be manufactured by Pfizer BioNtech. Said product contains the lot number “783201” and stated an expiry date of “AUG 24.”
In its global alert, WHO said the fake vaccine, which was first discovered in Mexico, “deliberately and fraudulently misrepresents its identity, composition or source.” WHO is still conducting laboratory analysis of the contents and will provide updates as soon as the results are available.
“Now that there are a high number of Covid-19 cases, what we need is to protect our health through vaccination and not let fake vaccines add to the problem,” he said in Filipino.
The DILG Secretary also directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide the necessary assistance in investigating and confiscating these fake Covid-19 vaccines.
He called on the public to immediately report any information on the presence or use of BNT162b2 in the country to the National Task Force Vaccine Cluster through the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile number +639178237310. SOVEREIGNPH“Mangyari lamang po na ipaalam ninyo sa autoridad ang anumang impormasyon tungkol sa pekeng bakuna para mapigil natin ang pagbebenta nito sa merkado,” Año said. SOVEREIGNPH