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By KELIN DILLON

A private aircraft was caught illegally transporting 5,775 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus at the Campeche International Airport on the evening of Wednesday, March 17, which were then seized by Mexico’s General Administration of Customs (AGA) and officials from the country’s military.

Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) found the doses hidden in the rows of the private aircraft, which was reportedly headed for Honduras, between sodas and sweets packed into the plane’s rows.

The AGA put a precautionary embargo on the illegal vaccine cargo, while keeping the temperature of the doses regulated to preserve their use.

The Honduran crew and passengers of the seized flight were turned over to Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) for further investigation.

…March 19, 2021

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