The internet was abuzz after a photo showing Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines allegedly being sold on Shopee began circulating on social media last night (Thursday, 4th March).
“What is it that’s not available on Shopee?”, one Twitter user sarcastically commented, accompanied with a screenshot of the item on sale. To our surprise, the screenshot showed that up to 17 bottles of vaccines – which was priced at RM63.88 each – had already been sold on the platform!
Not long after the image started circulating online, Shopee came forth to deny all the claims surrounding the selling of the product on their site. In a statement provided to Kosmo, the leading e-commerce company made it clear that they never found any list similar to the one posted by the netizen.
“However, the Twitter user clarified that the screenshot in question has been doctored and was indeed fake. The Covid-19 immunisation is a national health issue that should not be treated with misjudgement,” they further added in their press release.
Not only that, it was also revealed that the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have already taken note of this fake news. They stated, “We would like to remind the public that the spread of false information about the Covid-19 vaccines is being monitored by the PDRM and the MCMC.”
Previously, the local publication reported that Health DG Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah and the Health Ministry were already aware of this situation. They have since clarified that the allegation surrounding the viral ad is fake.
Based on our checking, the vaccine is not available on the Shopee website.