Thousands in India receive saltwater injections instead of the COVID-19 vaccine
Thousands in India receive saltwater injections instead of the COVID-19 vaccine, Thousands of people have fallen prey to an elaborate wide-ranging
scam selling fake coronavirus vaccines in India, with doctors and medical workers among those arrested for their involvement, authorities say.
This cruel scam occurred after about 12 vaccination sites were set up in the city of Mumbai in May and June, the New York Times reports.
People were charged $10 to $17 per dose.
According to Deutsche Welle, in Mumbai alone, an estimated 2,053
residents were given fake COVID-19 vaccines at the sites, while Debanjan Deb, a 28-year-old man,
posed as a civil servant and reportedly inoculated around 2,000 people, including a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker.
Vishal Thakur, a senior official of the Mumbai police department said, “They were using saline water and injecting it,” Thakur said.
“Every fake vaccination camp that they held, they were doing this.”
And if that wasn’t enough, the scammers were using a hospital that provided the vaccination certificates, syringes, and vials.
So far, according to CNN, 14 people have been arrested on suspicion of cheating,
attempts at culpable homicide, criminal conspiracy, and other charges.
More arrests may come as police continue investigating other people involved in the scam, Thakur said.