On Wednesday, the United States government announced the seizure of 11 million counterfeit N95 masks that arrived from China intended for medical or emergency workers.
The Minister of National Security, Alejandro Mayoras, said in a press conference that the masks had been confiscated in several operations in recent weeks in five different states of the country.
Another, hundreds of thousands, in a seizure on Wednesday at a warehouse in East Coast state was not reported as it was an operation still in progress.
He also said that more attacks are expected in the coming weeks.
The masks carried the logo of the American multinational company 3M, which was precisely the one that put Homeland Security investigators on the trail of the fake network by denouncing that the counterfeit products were reaching health workers.
“We are in a moment of vulnerability, of course, with an epidemic that is costing many lives and causing a lot of damage,” Mayurcas said. .
“Not only do they give a false sense of security, but how dangerous is it for the exposed person? Of protection?” Added Mayuras, referring to masks.
3M CEO Kevin Rhodes told CNBC that this operation “helped prevent thousands of counterfeit respirators from reaching emergency workers.”
The Department of Homeland Security reports that it has notified 6,000 potential victims of a fake ring in 12 states, including hospitals and other medical facilities.