Fighters, it’s time to act against the growing threat of falsified products produced and sold as treatments and vaccines for COVID-19! 

Reports of falsified and substandard products sold as COVID-19 treatments and vaccines continue to increase at a worrying pace across the globe, hindering efforts to contain the pandemic, putting lives at risk, and inciting vaccine hesitancy. The exponential use of antimicrobials and countries falling short of medicines supplies could encourage criminals to produce and sell falsified and substandard antibiotics, further contributing to antimicrobial resistance.

While Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are once again at the heart of the illicit trade of falsified products these are also being sold on the dark web to unwary people. It is time to discuss the magnitude of this problem, what are the risks and what can be done to protect people from becoming victims a second time, from fake treatments and vaccines.

What are the dangers and what can be done to address the threat of falsified and substandard medicines and safeguard patient safety?

We invite you to revisit our event that took place on 25 May 2021, from 13:00 – 14:00 PM CEST, on the sidelines of the 74th World Health Assembly (24 May – 1 June 2021). Hear from experts, stakeholders and youth, about what are the risks and what can be done to protect citizens from becoming victims a second time from falsified and substandard medicines!

-> Download the agenda and biographies from here.

-> Watch the recording on YouTube.


Moderator: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

Welcome by:

Panel discussion with:

Pernette Bourdillon Esteve, Team lead, Incidents and Substandard/Falsified Medical Products (ISF) Regulation and Safety, World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr. Catherine Duggan, CEO, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Cecilia Fant, Regional Director EMEA, The Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI)

Dr Edward Kelley, Chief Global Health Officer, ApiJect, Former Director of Integrated Health Services at the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Prof. Paul Newton, Professor of Tropical Medicine and Head of Medicine Quality Research Group, Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health

Neil J. Walsh, Chief, Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

A call to action from the youth!

The Academic & Youth Group of Fight the Fakes are preparing a Call to Action, to be delivered by Hoda Kanso, Co-Student Lead UCL Fight the Fakes

Closing statement by: