The Ministry of Health (MOH)’s Director-General, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has urged the public to be aware of Covid-19 vaccines sales online.
The issue was brought up as vaccine sales were seen on Shopee promoting the sale of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for RM63.88.
However, Shopee denied any sales of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on the e-commerce platform’s website.
Speaking at a press conference on the development of the vaccine [March 4], he said the vaccines can only be supplied to the government and authorised parties like the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).
“MOH’s Pharmacy Enforcement Division through the cyber forensic unit is constantly working with local authorities and INTERPOL to monitor the sale of vaccines online.”
“In this regard, the public is advised to always ensure that the Covid-19 vaccines they receive are only those provided by facilities under the MOH at no charge,” he said.
On March 4, there were two police reports lodged involving the sale of Covid-19 vaccines. According to the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department, the scam involved losses amounting to RM285,499.
“Police have noticed the advertisement that went viral on social media regarding the sale of the Covid-19 vaccine online and the business operator has issued a statement to deny it,” Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department Director, Zainuddin Yaacob said.
The Bukit Aman department reassured that the Covid-19 vaccines will be provided for free by the Malaysian government as part of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
“Any offers to sell the vaccines by any party is an irresponsible act and possibly a scam,” he added.
The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) and MOH are responsible for the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme by coordinating the registration for the vaccines through MySejahtera.