Vaccines : Too good to be true

With the ease of internet and deliveries, we can basically get anything on the internet and it’ll be delivered to our doorstep. Sounds like technology progressed well since it eases our lives and makes our daily lives so much more convenient. 

The need for internet and delivery is even more important in this pandemic period as everyone would want to do their part in reducing the cases and to quickly pass this difficult period of time as well. However, there’s always two sides when there’s the internet and online shopping platforms. Inevitably there will be people who would conduct dishonest businesses or even scam people through online purchases. 

Perhaps it is too good


Lately there’s images of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine showing up on Shopee 3.3 sale which was reportedly selling for RM63.88. Now, that sounds just too good to be true, seeing vaccines listed on online shopping platforms. As of now, vaccines are only known to be distributed to the government and from there to the people through phases. 

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah explained that coronavirus vaccines are strictly not for sale in Malaysia and can only be supplied and administered by the government or authorised private healthcare institutions.

It’s definitely quite a fake since the Pfizer-BioNTech is not for sale as we are still in the middle of the pandemic in which the vaccine was created for the sole purpose of getting it under control. 

Shopee has also spoken to the press that no such ad had ever been featured on its marketplace. The online shopping platform also encouraged their users to report suspicious to the authorities. 

With that, another important thing to note is that online crimes have seen a rise as Interpol issued a global “Orange Notice” alert warning. In which there’s an increase in criminal behaviour and activities due to the pandemic.