The UK became the first Western country to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine. The UK government announced the distribution of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that has been granted emergency authorization by British regulators. While the first doses are expected to be rolled out from next week, multiple vendors on the darknet are already offering for sale doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
The news of the availability of the “Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine” in the dark web was first reported by VICE World News.
“VICE World News found multiple vendors on the darknet who appeared to be selling doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to global customers for as much as $1,300 a piece.” wrote Gavin Butler on the VICE.
“The doses of the COVID-19 vaccine has [sic] been developed by Pfizer and BioNTec,” reads the description of one advertisement published on a black marketplace. “We can deliver in any country.”
Two vendors told VICE World News spoke claimed to be pharmacists and explained that they had already sold the vaccine to multiple customers after having it from the government. At least one vendor claims to have hundreds of doses.
Only one seller provided a high-quality stock image of a vial labeled “Coronavirus Vaccine”.
It is important to remind that the Pfizer vaccine must be kept at minus-70 degrees centigrade, this means that it cannot be shipped out in the post. At the time of this writing, it is unclear how the sellers are managing the doses and how they can ship them.
Buying drugs in the darkweb is an absurd choice for multiple reasons, in the specific case we are likely speaking about scams, but it is easy to predict that the demand and the odder for COVID-19 vaccines could spike in the next months while multiple countries will start to deliver the first doses.
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(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Dark Web)