Police in Uganda have arrested two nurses and were pursuing for a man who had posed as a doctor to sell and administer fake Covid-19 vaccines to members of the public amid a rising second wave of infections.
Police said the suspect (Phoney doctor ) had lured many companies to make payments so as to receive vaccines, ranging at a cost between 100,000- 200,000 Ugandan shillings ($28-$56) per shot.
"This is a big a scam, this man was looking for money, but a big thief.We believed he was injecting citizens with water since it's colourless, odourless and not dangerous," Dr. Warren Naamara told the press.
"He is still at large but we're pursuing leads. We have apprehended two nurses whom he was working with."
Documents recovered in the operation used by the fake doctor indicated at least 812 persons had been injected but Naamara noted the number of those involved could be more.
Covid-19 infections and infection rate have risen with a larger margin in Uganda since May, as the highly-infectious disease second wave of infections stands to 54 percent.
A vaccination campaign which commenced in March, has been affected by lack of deliveries of shots from the vaccine-sharing hospital COVAX, that was built to supply low income countries.
Therefore, Ugandans have on several occasions forced to queue for long hours to be vaccinated.
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