Old Problem, New Foes – Time to act against falsified medicines and vaccines for COVID-19

25 May 2021

Reports of falsified and substandard products sold as COVID-19 treatments and vaccines continue to increase at a worrying pace across the globe, hindering efforts to contain the pandemic, putting lives at risk, and inciting vaccine hesitancy. The exponential use of antimicrobials and countries falling short of medicines supplies could encourage criminals to produce and sell falsified and substandard antibiotics, further contributing to antimicrobial resistance.

While Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are once again at the heart of the illicit trade of falsified products these are also being sold on the dark web to unwary people. It is time to discuss the magnitude of this problem, what are the risks and what can be done to protect people from becoming victims a second time, from fake treatments and vaccines.

Join the Fight The Fakes Alliance on 25th May, 13:00-14:00 CET on the sidelines of the 74th World Health Assembly to discuss the dangers of falsified and substandard medicines and what can be done to address this threat.

Register for the event.

 

Adam Aspinall

MMV's Adam Aspinall, also the Chair of the Fight The Fakes Alliance will be making the closing statement at this event.