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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Police set up special unit to probe illegal vaccine sales, says Khairy

 


Police have set up a special unit to investigate illegal sales of Covid-19 vaccines and immunisation appointments, according to Khairy Jamaluddin.

The minister in charge of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) said health authorities have lodged at least three police reports regarding such activities so far.

"I have spoken to the police and they are setting up a special unit or team to work with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to continue to investigate these claims.

"We take these claims very seriously. There is supposed to be no sales of vaccines or appointments.

"We have also asked the police to act quickly on this and apprehend anybody found selling appointments or vaccines," Khairy (above) said.

He was responding to a question during a virtual press conference this afternoon on what steps were being taken by the CITF to prevent vaccines and vaccination appointments from being sold to the public.

Last week, Malaysiakini reported that appointment slots were sold to those who wanted to jump the vaccination queue.

This allegedly happened at a vaccination centre in Sabah where volunteers allegedly charged RM100 per person for backdoor access to the Covid-19 vaccine.

It was reported on June 17 that the police picked up two individuals who allegedly sold vaccine packages online.

The Malaysian Medical Association also recently called on authorities to investigate allegations that a "non-healthcare private company" was selling Covid-19 vaccines. - Mkini

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