The global clamor for a vaccine presents security threats on multiple levels: intellectual property theft, fraud and phishing scams and something a bit like an old-fashion train robbery.

Professor Banafa from San Jose hospital says “There are a lot of hospitals, they are told ‘don’t tell them when the vaccine will arrive’ because they are afraid someone will go and wait for them”.

Securing the vaccine itself is also a concern as the rollout begins in the United States. The movement of shipments is considered sensitive information.

“We have the two main distribution centers in the United States, in Wisconsin and Michigan,” Banafa explained. We have 53 networking distribution sites in different states and territories. They don’t want people to know exactly when the vaccine is coming because of the vaccine itself. They don’t want someone to steal it and sell it.”

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