Sinovac Shots Confiscated Claimed Unsafe, Had Dirty Packaging Confiscated in QC
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Quezon City confiscated about 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech.
Such vaccines are being sold on the black market, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director Eric Domingo. He went on to say that they are investigating vaccination records and working with the Bureau of Customs to see whether there have been any vaccine supplies other than those ordered by the government in recent weeks.
“Yung mga unang nakita natin dati, mukhang fake kasi this was before vaccines were starting to be delivered. But this one, definitely black market. This was being sold and [at] a very high price, and when we look at the vaccines they look authentic, they look like real vaccines,” he told CNN Philippines’ The Source.
He noted that several of them had been partly opened and the packaging were filthy. He added that the products are just placed in a Styrofoam box with ice and are extremely “unsafe.”
The NBI has already informed the FDA, according to Domingo, that the apprehended dealers were selling more than 300 dozen, which the police confiscated. He indicated that there is a chance that someone has more products on hand.
“These ones that were caught and turned over to us for sake-keeping, we are now tracing and looking for how they got in and where they got these vaccines,” he said.
“Once vaccines get out of the system, they are unsafe for us because there is no way of knowing how they were handled and these probably did not go through the correct cold handling facilities,” he noted.
Only receive immunizations from local government entities and authorized sources, according to the FDA director. He emphasizes the time-consuming process of managing coronavirus vaccinations carefully to assure their safety.
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