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How to spot a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine

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11/16/20 - BOSTON, MA: Vaccine stock photos on Nov. 16, 2020. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University

As public health officials plan for widespread distribution of the long-awaited vaccines, ensuring that vaccines are authentic could emerge as an important issue. If the first round of doses are scarce—and desperation for a quick COVID-19 solution is strong—counterfeiters could attempt to capitalize on the opportunity.

In fact, not even trained personnel tasked with administering the vaccine will be able to test on the spot if the liquid contains the authentic mRNA vaccine. The technology needed to make these observations in the field simply doesn’t exist, says Nikos Passas, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern.

Read the full story on News@Northeastern.

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