WHO alert on falsified Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine


On 4 November 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) published, on its website, Alert No. 6/2021, related to the falsification of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, identified in the Islamic Republic of Iran in October 2021. The genuine manufacturer of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has confirmed that the product listed in the Alert is falsified. The falsified product was reported at the patient level outside authorized and regulated supply chains and authorized vaccination programs in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The products identified in the Alert were confirmed to be falsified based on: the fact that the product label and artwork are inconsistent with genuine Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines; and the expiration date on the labels (9/2021) is falsified and inconsistent with the expiration date on genuine Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Lot EH9899. Summary of information on WHO falsified vaccine Alert No. 6/2021

This alert is available at: https://www.who.int/news/item/04-11-2021-medical-product-alert-n-6-2021-falsified-pfizerbiontech-covid-19-vaccine.

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