Corruption: The Other Side of COVID-19
There are many cases of corruption related to the COVID-19 pandemic
LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Goméz Hernández
The pandemic has had various negative consequences. In moments where inequality, poverty and hunger have increased, greater altruism and ethics are expected from citizens and those who govern them. However, the opposite has been shown. Along with the problems, the forms of corruption have also grown, not only in Latin America , but also in regions where greater integrity is customary.
Purchase of vaccination certificates
A case that caused outrage among Colombians has been the mafia behind false vaccination cards. Given the restrictive measures against anti-vaccines, many of the people who have not wanted or been able to vaccinate in the country have looking for a way to get a false vaccination card. However, it caused a stir, as the document costs up to $50, while the vaccine injection was totally free.
Vaccine donations are in bad conditionThe hoarding of vaccines in developed countries has been one of the main problems of the health crisis in the rest of the world. This has not only shown little solidarity, but also the lack of a multinational commitment. It has also been one of the causes for the development of the coronavirus variables.
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But one consequence of this is that various countries had to wait for the hoarders and then found themselves with a surplus. Said surplus could also not be used due to its expiration date.
This was the case of Nigeria, which at the end of last year, destroyed more than 1 million AstraZeneca vaccines due to them being expired. This, to a country that, at the time, did not even reach 5% of vaccinated.
False PCR tests
This fact has been registered in several countries. But the Brazilian media Jornal da Band discovered that a laboratory was operating in the city of Cancun that issued false PCR tests for tourists. But media such as El País from Spain and investigations in Canada also pointed to false tests for travelers in Mexico. The tests have a lower cost than a real test and were issued with the guarantee of being negative and so on. being able to travel to countries that required this type of exam.