Police in northern Mexico arrested six people Wednesday for allegedly trafficking in fake coronavirus vaccines.
The special assistant said that the vaccine that is being used to inoculate the frontline healthcare workers is Sinopharm, and "we recommended that it should not be used for people above 60 years".
In a statement retweeted by Health Minister Jens Spahn, the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) said the vaccine "prevents COVID-19 disease in the majority of cases or alleviates symptoms when disease occurs".
Authorities found a private clinic offering fake vaccines for sale in the city of Monterrey, in the border state of Nuevo Leon.
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"You don't play around with health, and in these moments of the pandemic, nobody should be profiteering", Rodriguez said.
A three-month interval between doses of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine results in higher vaccine efficacy than a 6-week interval, with the first dose offering 76% protection in the three months between doses.
Analysts have long anxious that criminal gangs in Mexico could seek to steal, hijack or counterfeit much-desired vaccines or medications during the pandemic. There have been hijackings or thefts of medicines and oxygen, but this is the first instance of criminal activity related to vaccines.
Replying to a question about reservation over the use of Sinopham, he said some experts had expressed their concerns over the use of Sinopham COVID-19 vaccine, for the people above sixty year of age.
Mexico began its vaccination drive on December 24, starting with medical personnel and a small number of teachers in the east of the country.