Busts involving fake vaccines and illegally imported ivermectin,...

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    Busts involving fake vaccines and illegally imported ivermectin, worth millions, show that South Africa is a destination for international crime syndicates profiting from Covid-19.

    The extent of the burgeoning Covid-19 black market is becoming apparent, with nearly six million ivermectin tablets intercepted in South Africa in nearly six weeks and police crackdowns showing just how tightly this country has merged with global criminal networks cashing in on the pandemic.

    Issues relating to ivermectin have been raised in the runup to Interpol’s announcement this week that there were major busts of criminals peddling fake Covid-19 vaccines and masks in countries including South Africa and China.

    Based on the quantity of intercepted ivermectin as recorded by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra), DM168 calculates that on average nearly a million tablets are being pumped into South Africa each week. A single tablet, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has found, can sell for at least R500.

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