US-CBP seizes counterfeit COVID vaccine cards from China

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Washington [US]Sep 18 (ANI): U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in Pittsburgh confiscated COVID-19 vaccine cards shipped from China.

CBP seized the first of the two international packages on August 24th. CBP officials found that the package of 20 cards had “poor quality” appearance. CBP said the cards would be mailed to someone in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. This person, whose identity has not been released, was not from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or a certified medical facility, CBP said, Fox News reported.

The officers intercepted the second shipment of phone vaccination cards on September 7th, which were intended for the same person. This package contained 50 counterfeit COVID vaccination cards.

Both international packages were sent from China, said CBP.

“Coronavirus and its variants continue to pose a serious threat to the health and safety of American citizens, as do unscrupulous vendors peddling fake COVID vaccination cards,” CBP Pittsburgh Port Director William Fitting said in a statement.

“Customs and border guards will continue to intercept counterfeit goods like these fake vaccination cards that threaten our nation, our people and our economy,” added Fitting.

No further details were released. An investigation is ongoing.

CBP officials in Chicago, Memphis, and Anchorage, Alaska have confiscated more than 6,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards, Fox News reported. (ANI)


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