Colombia intercepts an illegal shipment of covid vaccines

The National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) seized, at the El Dorado airport in Bogotá, of 70 vaccines against covid-19 that a woman tried to enter Colombia in a illegal, reported this Wednesday the Ministry of Health of Colombia.

The seizure, according to a statement from the Health Ministry, was carried out on February 13 in a control carried out at the air terminal on a woman who was coming on a flight from the United Arab Emirates.

The information detailed that it was about the vaccines “against covid-19 SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine, Inactivated (Vero Cell), manufactured in Beijing, China.”

The bulbs entered the country with foreign language labeling. The quantities shown on the packaging were 100 vaccines, but when it was reviewed, only 70 were found. Likewise, it was found that the lot number on the packing list does not match the labeling of the boxes inspected.

The Ministry of Health also reported that, according to current regulations, this entity is the only one in charge of importing vaccines against the coronavirus.

In addition, he recalled that the Ministry of Health will be in charge of determining the moment in which legal and private persons can import, market and apply these vaccines.

Colombia began this Wednesday in Sincelejo, in the north of the country, the vaccination against covid-19, campaign marked by a controversy around the distribution of the first 50,000 doses received on Monday from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

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The country totals 2,207,701 infections and 58,134 deaths in 11 months of health emergency.

The application of the first vaccines is scheduled for tomorrow in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Bucaramanga, and in the following days they will be added to these other cities.


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