U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Pittsburgh have seized two shipments of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards shipped from China.
CBP seized the first of the two international packages on 24 August. CBP officers determined that the 20-card package had a “low-quality appearance”.
The CBP said the cards were sent to a person in Beaver County, Pa. The person whose identity was not released is not from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or a certified medical entity, CBP said.
THOUSAND OF COUNTERFEIT COVID-19 VACCINE CARDS, SOMETHING FROM CHINA, SIZED BY US CUSTOMS
Officers intercepted another shipment of phone vaccine cards intended for the same person on September 7th. The package contained 50 fake COVID vaccine cards.
Both international packages had been shipped from China, CBP said.
“Coronavirus and its variants continue to pose a serious threat to the health and safety of U.S. citizens, and so do unscrupulous vendors who purchase counterfeit COVID vaccination cards,” Pittsburgh Port Director CBP William Fitting said in a statement, “Customs and Border Protection will continue to detect counterfeit goods, such as these fake vaccine cards, that threaten our nation, our people, and our economy. “
No further details were released. An investigation is underway.
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So far, CBP said officers in Chicago, Memphis, Anchorage, Alaska have seized more than 6,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards.