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President of Spanish Pharmaceutical company investigated for buying fake vaccine passport

According to a report in El Mundo, 2,200 well-known Spaniards are being investigated for buying false Covid-19 vaccination certificates — because they did not take the Covid vaccine — including the president of a Spanish pharmaceutical company.

José María Fernández Sousa-Faro, President of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Spain, is one of the high-profile Spanish names at the centre of the allegations, along with his family who are also reportedly being investigated. His company, PharmaMar, is a global biotech and an IBEX 35 company.

The company is among the ten Spanish pharmaceutical companies that the Ministry of Industry recently qualified as ‘excellent’, on the basis of industrial, economic, research and development and innovation aspects. 

The company is dedicated to developing drugs to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s and Covid-19. 

ABC News in Spain reports that the 76-year-old businessman used the scheme to appear he had the third dose in the official Spanish database, while other relatives availed of the same service, according to police sources. According to ABC, the company executive paid an organisation a ‘VIP fee’ of between 1,000 and 2,000 euros for appearing in the official vaccination database with the third dose. This allowed him to allegedly obtain a false Covid passport to be allowed to travel.

The ‘Jenner Operation’ has uncovered over 2,000 high-profile people who are alleged to be in possession of false Covid-19 certificates which were reported to be bought from a nurse working in the Spanish healthcare system.

Those being investigated over the claims include musicians, singers, business people, footballers, and top medical personnel. Others listed in a Euro Weekly News report include Trinitario Casanova, one of Spain’s wealthiest men, soccer player Bruno Gonzalez Cabrera,  former beach volleyball Olympian Fabio Díez Steinaker, award-winning actress Veronica Echegui, prestigious doctor Camilo Esquivel, former boxer José Luis Zapater, rap singers Jarfaiter and Anier, and Kidd Keo, a trap singer in English and Spanish.

The scandal involved people being added to the National Immunisation Registry in exchange for money, with many of them ‘familiar faces and household names’. 

The leader of the network providing the fake passports was reportedly a nursing assistant at the La Paz University Hospital. The nurse is accused of charging more than €200,000 to register people as vaccinated in Spain’s National Registry against Covid-19. The fee charged for registration was reportedly dependant on the social standing of the applicant. 

Commenting on the story, Dr Steve James, an NHS consultant who went viral after appearing on Sky News telling reporters he would not get a Covid-19 vaccine despite a proposed mandate for NHS workers, said the “bigger picture” relating to the story is “the culture created” where people resorted to such measures.

“The first thing I note about this story is the conditions and motivation that were behind this. How crazy do things have to get for people to buy fake vaccine passports and risk this kind of exposure?” he asked.

The case is reportedly “already in court”, and is being handled by the Information Brigade of Madrid.

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