Father and daughter in Uganda 'arrested for giving out fake coronavirus vaccine'

Ross McGuinness
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Airport personel prepare for passengers arriving on international flights at the port health desk where they are screened for signs of the novel coronavirus at Entebbe Airport on March 3, 2020. - The deadly virus has marched well beyond China's borders, spreading across Asia and Europe and into Latin America, Africa and the United States. More than 90,000 people have been infected and 3,100 killed since the virus first emerged in China's Hubei province late last year. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP) (Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images)
Airport staff prepare to check passengers arriving at Entebbe Airport, Uganda, for coronavirus (AFP via Getty)

A father and daughter have been arrested in Uganda for giving out a fake coronavirus vaccine, it has been reported.

The pair were arrested in the Mayuge district, about 75 miles from the capital, Kampala, according to the BBC.

Scientists have yet to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

On Tuesday, a UK health chief warned that a vaccine may never be found.

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There have been more than 116,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to John Hopkins University, including 4,088 deaths. More than 64,000 people have recovered after contracting the virus.

There have been no cases of coronavirus in Uganda. In the north of the continent, there have been 20 cases in Algeria and 59 in Egypt, where one person has died from the disease.

Health experts are said to be puzzled at the low coronavirus rate across African countries.

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Police in Uganda said they had received reports that people were being given some kind of mixture to purportedly inoculate them against the coronavirus.

Two people were arrested but have since been released on police bond, the BBC reported.

An airport health worker checks travel documents of passengers arriving on an international flight as they undergo screening for signs of the novel coronavirus at Entebbe Airport on March 3, 2020. - The deadly virus has marched well beyond China's borders, spreading across Asia and Europe and into Latin America, Africa and the United States. More than 90,000 people have been infected and 3,100 killed since the virus first emerged in China's Hubei province late last year. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP) (Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images)
Screening at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, where there have been no coronavirus cases (AFP via Getty)

Samples of the liquid concoction they allegedly gave out have been taken for testing at a government forensic laboratory in Kampala.

Police believe the suspects gave the fake vaccine to people for free in the hope of later charging a fee for it.

Meanwhile, England's deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said on Tuesday that the start of the UK peak of the coronavirus outbreak is expected within the next 10 to 14 days.

She said "many thousands of people" would contract coronavirus as the disease continued to spread in the UK.

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