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Organs on demand and covid scams in China

Organs on demand and covid scams in China

Organs on demand and covid scams in China

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Right now, China is being plagued by an unprecedented wave of covid infections. The country’s healthcare system is under strain, covid treatments are in high demand and many people are worried about themselves and their loved ones.

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It is in this context that scammers find new opportunities. They are taking advantage of this wave of anxiety and fear in China by claiming on social media to sell covid treatments, in particular Paxlovid, the drug developed by Pfizer that has been most effective in preventing severe covid symptoms.

Demand for the drug has skyrocketed since authorities eased the country’s tough zero covid policies, and scammers are reaping the benefits. Read the full story.

—Zeyi Yang

Zeyi’s story is taken from China Report, his weekly newsletter that shines a light on everything happening in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday.

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