Two More Suspects Nabbed in Fake Vaccine Case

Gaps in vaccination coverage against measles have lead to several outbreaks of the highly contagious disease in Europe in the past year, with both children and young adults affected, health officials said on Monday (24/04). (Reuters Photo/Lucy Nicholson)

By : Farouk Arnaz | on 4:21 PM June 27, 2016
Category : News, Health, Featured

Jakarta. Police in Semarang, Central Java, nabbed two more suspects in a high profile case involving the manufacturing and distribution of counterfeit vaccines, an official said on Monday (27/06).

“Earlier today we arrested two suspects in Semarang. They are identified with the initials T and M,” National Police's special crime director Brig. Gen. Agung Setya said.

The suspects were allegedly involved in distributing fake vaccines to hospitals and medical facilities, he said. Investigations are continuing into where the vaccines were distributed.

Police have arrested 15 people in the case so far, including producers, distributors and sellers.

Last week police seized 195 sachets labeled as Hepatitis B vaccines, 221 bottles labeled as Pediacel tetanus vaccines, 362 bottles of counterfeit measles vaccines and 81 sachets labeled as polio vaccines. Documents, equipment and raw material was also confiscated during the raids across Greater Jakarta.

Initial investigations found the counterfeit vaccines have been produced for 13 years in three locations — Puri Hijau Bintaro, South Tangerang, South Jakarta's Kemang and Jalan Serma Hasyim in East Bekasi.

The investigation also revealed the vaccines had been distributed across Greater Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta.

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