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Catch Me if You Can: Counterfeit Medical Schemes Persist a Year Into the Global Coronavirus Pandemic

February 24, 2021
Footnotes:
  1. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 108,000 Counterfeit 3M Surgical Masks Stopped by Cincinnati CBP, Dep’t of Homeland Security,  https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/108000-counterfeit-3m-surgical-masks-stopped-cincinnati-cbp# (last visited Feb. 22, 2021).
  2. Maura Canavan, COVID-19: The perfect storm for counterfeiters, Lexology (Jan. 21, 2021),  https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=1891fe55-e964-43df-b224-0663a8e95ea1.
  3. Sai Balasubramanian, Federal Authorities Are Increasingly Finding Counterfeit N95 Masks, Forbes (Feb. 18, 2021),  https://www.forbes.com/sites/saibala/2021/02/18/federal-authorities-are-increasingly-finding-counterfeit-n95-masks/?sh=72735cdc9c12.
  4. Collen Long, Feds seize 10 million fake N95 masks in growing COVID-19 investigation, King 5 News (Feb. 17, 2021), https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/10-million-phony-n95-masks-seized-in-covid-19-probe/507-bebd27c5-1d1e-45f3-87d8-324160e2db50.
  5. KING 5 Staff, About 2 million fake N95 masks found in Washington state, pulled from shelves, King 5 News (Feb. 17, 2021), https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/washington-states-hospitals-counterfeit-masks/281-30b04761-4a0a-4838-84c5-01225620bf1e.
  6. Supra note 2.
  7. DW.com, Mexico: Six arrested for selling fake COVID-19 vaccines, Deutsche Welle (Feb. 18, 2021), https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-six-arrested-for-selling-fake-covid-19-vaccines/a-56606348.
  8. U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland, Press Release, Three Baltimore-Area Men Facing Federal Charges for Fraud Scheme Purporting to Sell Covid-19 Vaccines, U.S. Dep’t of Just. (Feb. 11, 2021), https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/three-baltimore-area-men-facing-federal-charges-fraud-scheme-purporting-sell-covid-19.
  9. Marie Rosenthal, Man Charged With Allegedly Selling Fake COVID-19, Cancer Vaccines, Pharmacy Prac. News (Jan. 25, 2021), https://www.pharmacypracticenews.com/Covid-19/Article/01-21/Man-Charged-With-Allegedly-Selling-Fake-COVID-19-Cancer-Vaccines/62345.
  10. Hannah Balfour, Chinese police seize over 3,000 fake COVID-19 vaccines, European Pharm. Rev. (Feb. 8, 2021), https://www.europeanpharmaceuticalreview.com/news/142118/chinese-police-seize-over-3000-fake-covid-19-vaccines/.

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