INTERPOL warns of organized crime threat to COVID-19 vaccines

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LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued a global alert
to law enforcement across its 194 member countries
warning them to prepare for organized crime networks
targeting COVID-19 vaccines, both physically and online.

The INTERPOL Orange Notice outlines potential criminal activity in relation to the
falsification, theft and illegal advertising of COVID-19 and flu vaccines, with the pandemic
having already triggered unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behaviour.

It also includes examples of crimes where individuals have been advertising, selling and
administering fake vaccines.

As a number of COVID-19 vaccines come closer to approval and global distribution,
ensuring the safety of the supply chain and identifying illicit websites selling fake products
will be essential.

The need for coordination between law enforcement and health regulatory bodies will
also play a vital role to ensure the safety of individuals and wellbeing of communities
are protected.

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