Beware of COVID-19 scams as the vaccine is about to be approved by the FDA


Homeland Security investigators are working with Pfizer, Moderna and dozens of other pharmaceutical companies to complete and distribute the vaccine.

Coronavirus vaccine is eagerly awaited in the United States by dangerous Americans. But federal investigators say criminals are ready to take advantage of that frustration.

Homeland Security investigators are working with Pfizer, Moder and dozens of other pharmaceutical companies to complete and distribute the vaccine and treatment. The goal: to prepare for the coming fraud, especially this year after the riots, with phonics, fake healings and exploitation plans.

“We are all very excited about the vaccine and treatment we can have,” said Steve Francis, assistant director of global trade research with Homeland Security Investigations. But I am also wary of these criminal organizations and individuals who are trying to exploit the American people.

There is no vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. FDA approves first treatment for COVID-19 for antiviral treatment. It deals with the potential for fraud through both vaccines and treatments.

In a recent statement, the agency said, “The FDA, in particular, may delay or discontinue appropriate treatment for these fraudulent and misleading products.”

Drug companies need to have security and brand protection features to prevent fraud, but this may not be available until the second generation of vaccines because everything works in such an emergency, said SIPCA Chief Marketing Officer Karen Gardner. North America serves as a bridge between government, trade and consumers. Health care providers say that it is even more important to teach what is real.

He said fraud occurs when you have something in high demand and limited supply. Discouragement drives people around regular channels.

Meanwhile, investigators are learning how to pack the vaccine and deliver the message to field agents, and more than 200 companies can set up databases to look at liars and catch dangerous scammers. They control tens of thousands of fake websites and search for evidence for fake cures sold online.

When injuries occurred earlier this year, hospitals and governments were short on masks, gloves, and other protective equipment. Frauds grew. Fraudsters resorted to deception in order to deliver money to strangers.

Homeland Security investigations have identified 7,000 agents from the Border, the FDA and the FBI. Together with the authorities, they began to investigate fraud, seize cell phones, and arrest hundreds of people. Headquartered at the National Intellectual Property Coordination Center, the government is responsible for enforcing international trade laws and combating intellectual property theft.

The agency has already analyzed more than 70,900 websites suspected of involvement in some COVID-19 scams. Millions of counterfeit or unlicensed personal protective equipment and antiviral drugs seized. Homeland Security said it had seized more than 1,600 products worth more than $ 27 million and seized more than 185.

Home test kits, for example, have been made available in recent weeks. Investigators have seized tens of thousands of counterfeit kits in previous months. On the dark web, fraudsters sell domain names such as to lure imposters. In the United States alone, more than 1,000 fake websites were removed during the day.

Vaccination cases in the United States have increased by 13 million, and many cities are moving toward winter, so vaccination is not forthcoming. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, the epidemic has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide, of which more than 266,000 in the United States. But Francis and other investigators fear that despair will make Americans more vulnerable.

If the FDA allows emergency vaccines, there will be limited, affordable supplies before the end of the year.

Observing the government’s efforts to distribute the vaccine, General Gus Perna told CBS “60 Minutes” that the government was ready to distribute the vaccine within 24 hours. There is a collection of needles, syringes and alcohol swabs that are needed to give the vaccine and the vaccine itself. The mysterious stash is watched by armed guards.

“We have taken extra precautions in this area,” he said. We are taking full steps to ensure that our vaccine is safe.

It has not yet been determined who is online. But Alex Azar, secretary of health and human services, said the hope was that by the end of January, there would be enough vaccinations for adults over the age of 65 and for high-risk workers and health care workers. Dr. Anthony Foui, a senior U.S. communicable disease specialist, said anyone who is safe and can be vaccinated can be vaccinated until spring or winter.

They are already preparing for what is expected to be the largest immunization campaign in U.S. history. The bullets must first arrive at the desired location, and the Pipisher should be kept at a very cool temperature – when it is reduced to 94 degrees Fahrenheit or 70 degrees Celsius. Modernization and vaccination will start when it is cold, but the company says it can be thawed and stored in a regular refrigerator for 30 days to alleviate that risk.

Governments in other countries and the World Health Organization, which specializes in purchasing doses for poor countries, should decide separately when and where vaccines should be given.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security investigators and others are now trying to get the message out to the public before the vaccine is approved and launched. People say they should only get vaccinated from a licensed health care provider. They should not answer calls for personal information. And they should not click on social media posts to sell cures.

“It’s really good to be honest,” says Francis.

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