Brazil police probe reports of coronavirus vaccine "shots of air"

At least three cases have been reported in Rio state of what local media are calling "shots of air," in which health workers administered fake inoculations from empty syringes. Videos shared on social media show healthcare workers inserting the needle into people's arms with the syringe already fully compressed.

Reuters | Updated: 18-02-2021 02:16 IST | Created: 18-02-2021 02:16 IST
Brazil police probe reports of coronavirus vaccine "shots of air"

Police in Rio de Janeiro launched an investigation on Wednesday into reports that doses of the coronavirus vaccine may have been diverted after images emerged of healthcare workers sticking needles into elderly people without injecting them.

Police appealed to local government and health officials to help understand what happened to the doses, which were intended for high risk groups. At least three cases have been reported in Rio state of what local media are calling "shots of air," in which health workers administered fake inoculations from empty syringes.

Videos shared on social media show healthcare workers inserting the needle into people's arms with the syringe already fully compressed. The personnel involved have been dismissed and the elderly people who received the fake shots were later vaccinated, Rio's state nursing council, known as Coren-RJ, said in a note.

If police find that vaccines were diverted, those involved could be prosecuted for embezzlement, which carries a potential sentence of up to 12 years in jail.

Also Read: Rio de Janeiro halts COVID-19 shots as vaccine supplies dry up

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Viral variants and vaccine nationalism pose two-pronged threat to Covid victory

... ...

Tracking Fintech during COVID-19: Harnessing power of technology

Its abundantly clear now that as fintech cements its place in the financial sector, accelerated further by the COVID-19 pandemic, it could open the sector to new possibilities by harnessing the power of technology to deliver financial ...

Tectonic turns: How technology shaped healthcare over the decades

Tracing an episodic evolution, with technology at the interface of human and his health....

World Water Day sees crises of inequality in countries both rich and poor

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Originality reports in Google Classroom can now check for school matches

Originality reports in Google Classroom, which helps educators check student work for authenticity, can now check for matches against a repository of student work within a domain, making it easier for instructors to evaluate the academic in...

Argentina closes schools, imposes curfew in Buenos Aires as COVID-19 cases spike

Argentinas government will tighten pandemic restrictions in and around the capital Buenos Aires to rein in a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, including shutting schools and imposing a curfew from 8pm to limit social activity. President Albert...

S Africa suspends J&J COVID-19 vaccine

South Africa has joined the US in suspending its rollout of the Johnson Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following reports that six women who received the immunisation doses had developed unusual blood clots with low platelet count.After this adv...

Christ the Redeemer lit up to mark 100 days till the Olympics

The worlds most famous statue of Jesus Christ was lit up with the Olympics logo and images of sporting arenas on Wednesday to mark 100 days to the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony. Hundreds of LED projectors were used to beam images ont...

Give Feedback