Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in Cincinnati have seized 1,683 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards from China.
The announcement was made by the US Border Patrol in a press release issued on September 16. It claimed that the counterfeit cards contained misspellings and were of “substandard printing” quality, despite the fact that they bore a “logo” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The fake cards, which arrived at the Port of Cincinnati from China in five separate shipments since August 16, were destined for non-medical entities in five states: Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, and Texas.
The shipments also included 2,034 counterfeit Pfizer immunisation stickers. Pfizer in the United States and BioNTech in Germany collaborated to develop Comirnaty, a COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the release, Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie stated that “creating or purchasing a fake COVID-19 vaccination card is illegal, not to mention dangerous.”
“Purchasing counterfeit cards supports criminals whose only concern is their bank account, not American security or the health of our citizens,” Gillespie added.
Many areas have enacted a variety of vaccine mandates, prompting people who do not want to get vaccinated to lie about their immunisation status. Three Vermont State Troopers resigned after an investigation revealed that they used forged vaccination cards. In early September, an Illinois woman was arrested for allegedly attempting to enter Hawaii with a forged vaccination card.
As of September 16, more than 180 million people in the United States had been fully immunised against COVID-19, according to the CDC. COVID-19 is a virus-borne disease caused by the CCP virus, also known as the novel coronavirus.
The seizure in Cincinnati is far from unique. Since August, CBP officials have made similar seizures of counterfeit vaccination cards from China in Memphis, Anchorage, Chicago, and Pittsburgh.
More than 6,000 fake vaccination cards were discovered during the seizures in Memphis and Anchorage.
The Chicago seizure occurred on August 31, when CBP officials seized a parcel destined for a residential address in Ohio. The package contained 19 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards.
According to CBP, one shipment containing 70 fake vaccination cards was seized in Pittsburgh on August 24, while another shipment containing 50 fake cards was seized on September 7. Both shipments were bound for Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
According to a CBP statement released on September 15, “Coronavirus and its variants continue to pose a serious health and safety threat to American citizens, as do unscrupulous vendors who peddle counterfeit COVID vaccination cards.”