Nograles: Used Vaccine Vials To Be Crushed So That These Could Not Be Reused For Fake COVID-19 Vaccines

Used vaccine vials would be crushed so that those vials can’t be reused for fake COVID-19 vaccines, according to Nograles.

In order to ensure that there would be no counterfeit or fake COVID-19 vaccines in the market, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that the vials containing the vaccine shots would be crushed so that those vials can’t be reused.

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Photo source: Manila Bulletin

Nograles on Wednesday made the statement as the Philippine government prepared for the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility next week.

Nograles explained in an interview on PTV that used COVID-19 vaccine vials would be immediately crushed so that those vials couldn’t be recycled.

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According to Nograles, the vial has to be crushed immediately after the vial was emptied so that no one can recycle it and can use it to fool the people.

Immediately after magamit yung vial, kailangan durugin para walang mare-recycle at gagamitin pangloko ng ibang tao. Baka merong enterprising diyan na illegal na lalagyan ng tubig ‘yan tapos ibebenta sa black market na exorbitant din ang presyo,” Nograles said.

The Philippine government was expecting the arrival of 117,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility next week.

Meanwhile, Galvez — according to the Department of Health — said that sturdier pallets were needed in order to avoid the shaking of vials containing COVID-19 vaccines.

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