While pharmaceutical companies around the world work at a fever pitch to create a vaccine to protect us against the coronavirus that has already claimed nearing 1.4 million people, the food and drug administration is also warning of vicious scams related to the disease. Because COVID-19 has never been seen in humans before, there are currently no proven vaccines to prevent COVID-19 approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is working with vaccine and drug manufacturers to develop new vaccines for and to find more drugs to prevent COVID-19 as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, some are trying to profit from this pandemic by selling unproven and illegally marketed products that make false claims, such as claims of being effective against the coronavirus.
Government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security, and Food and Drug Administration have issued warnings to Americans to be wary of groups or individuals offering COVID-19 vaccines or cures because a vaccine has yet to be proven or approved by the FDA. The FDA is particularly concerned that these deceptive and misleading products might cause Americans to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious and life-threatening harm. It’s likely that these products being, marketed by thieves, do not do what they claim, and the ingredients in them could even cause adverse effects and could even interact with, and potentially interfere with, other essential medications. The FDA is offering several tips to help you, and your loved ones, avoid the inevitable attempts to scam you out of your money. Always consult a licensed medical professional to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment. Do not buy COVID-19 vaccines or treatments over the internet, including online pharmacies. Ignore large, unsolicited offers for vaccinations and so called miracle treatments or cures. Don't respond to text messages, emails or phone calls about vaccines and treatments. Be wary of ads for vaccines and treatments on social media.