Authorities from a raft of countries have stepped out to caution against the advertising of health supplements that claim to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus.
As of Mar 8, the number of COVID-19 infection had exploded to 105,586, with cases reported in 101 countries, territories, and areas. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had increased the global risk assessment level to “very high”.
As individuals sought to safeguard their health, cases of supplements sold at heavily marked-up prices and fake product claims made in relation to COVID-19 prevention had surfaced.
In Vietnam, there had been cases of vitamin C, black garlic syrup, and mouthwash sold at jack up prices, ranging from VND$280k (US$12) to VND$890k (US$38), according to local media Vietnam Plus.