OLAF chief: 1,1 billion fake doses currently in the market

In an interview with Greek journal Ta Nea, Itälä said the value of these fake offers stands at €15 billion. [EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

Fake offers of 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines from supposed intermediaries to EU governments are currently in the market, said Ville Itälä, Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

In an interview with Greek journal Ta Nea, Itälä said the value of these fake offers stands at €15 billion.

Itälä said 12 member states had experienced such offers, while he did not rule out that there may be more.

The OLAF chief also warned of possible fraud with fake rapid tests against COVID, while he pointed out that the increase in the use of e-commerce strengthens the sales of counterfeit products on the internet. He added that it is difficult to detect fraud, as it does not concern now large orders, arriving in the EU by containers, but in individual products arriving at the door of consumers.

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