A number of criminal probes have been launched by Moscow police in regards to fake Covid-19 vaccine certificates.
These fake vaccine certificates have been growing in popularity on the black market which is predominantly resulting from the scepticism and mistrust that’s surrounding the Russian Sputnik vaccine.
According to Russian news agencies, a senior Moscow police official has stated that 32 cases involving vaccine certificate falsification have been opened. Since the launch of Russia’s vaccine campaign, only 18.5 million people of the 146 million population, which only accounts for 13%, have been fully vaccinated.
The false vaccine certs have possibly gained popularity as over half of Russians don’t intend to get vaccinated according to recent polling.
Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin introduced mandatory vaccines for most service industry workers as well as a QR code system for restaurant patrons who are either fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19. Fake QR codes are also being investigated by police.
Although there has been an outbreak of Covid-19 in Moscow, Mayor Sobyainn has stated that the virus situation is stabilising while stating, “The number of new cases and hospitalisations remains very high but at least it has slightly declined from the peak levels seen a week ago,”.
Russia has recently reported 24,818 new cases of Covid-19 which includes 6,040 in Moscow. Since the pandemic began; Russia, which has the highest virus toll in Europe, has reported 5,707,452 Covid-19 cases.