US Customs and Border Protection has seized more than 3000 counterfeit coronavirus vaccination cards allegedly shipped from China as a remarkable number of unvaccinated US citizens are looking for a way to evade the Covid-19 restrictions.
“US Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPOs) working at the port of Memphis flagged a suspicious shipment coming from Shenzhen, China en route to the central business district of New Orleans,” the agency said in a statement.
“It was the 15th such shipment of the night, though all to different cities. Inside were 51 low quality, counterfeit Covid-19 vaccination cards. The cards have blanks for the recipient’s name and birthdate, the vaccine maker, lot number, and date and place the shot was given, as well as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) logo in the upper right corner,” it added.
The rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus has pushed cases and hospitalizations in the United States to a six-month high.
This has made different states, such as Hawaii, to re-impose the Covid-19 restrictions.
Meanwhile, the US administration is seeking to encourage the undecided citizens to receive their shots by forcing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fully approve the vaccines made by the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
“These vaccinations are free and available everywhere,” said Michael Neipert, Area Port Director of Memphis. “If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, that is your decision. But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself.”
The US has averaged about 129,000 daily new cases over the last 7 days, but according to NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, that number could jump in the next couple weeks to a level not seen since among the pandemic’s worst days in January and February.