The scammers were busted in late June, with documents seized from the group showing that at least 812 people received the fake Covid-19 shot. The group operated in the country’s capital, Kampala, and included at least two nurses and a man posing as a medical doctor. While the nurses were arrested, the ‘doctor’ slipped away and remains on the run.
The phony doctor targeted several companies, persuading them to get their employees ‘vaccinated’ and charging between $28 and $56 per shot.
The seized vials remotely resembled AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured by India’s Serum Institute. Ugandan authorities had sent several vials to India for checking, with the Institute confirming it never produced them or supplied the dubious jabs to the country, the head of the Health Monitoring Unit within the Ugandan presidency, Dr. Warren Naamara, has said.