African Sells 'Snake Oil' as a Coronavirus Vaccine

Published March 24th, 2021 - 01:04 GMT
Man sells herb oil recipe as coronavirus vaccine 'reversal'
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Kenyan seller says the snake oil will 'enable you to reverse vaccine before it kicks in'

A self-professed healer is selling bogus coronavirus vaccine 'reversal' oils online for nearly £120, MailOnline can reveal.

Other chancers offering trying to make money on an online marketplace promised to boost immunity against the disease through meditation.

Experts today criticised the 'snake oil' products for misleading customers, and called for the online marketplace selling it to be 'more careful'. 

MailOnline found one Fiverr user was charging £114.83 for a 'vaccine reversal herb oil recipe'.

Korelvabbah, the Kenyan seller offering the service, promises buyers it would 'enable you to reverse vaccine before it kicks in'.

He said his recipe – listed with a cobbled-together advertising poster – would help in the 'case of emergency'.

The oil is meant to be rubbed into the injection site 'until it pops and produces pus', according to the seller's FAQs.

Korelvabbah, who also offers 'spiritual and healing counselling', Swahili translations and wildlife photography, encourages buyers to give the treatment to their children and the elderly. 

Fiverr profits from every sale, with the online marketplace adding a £5.69 service fee on top of the recipe. It is not clear how many have been sold.

Experts today criticised the recipe, saying it was obviously a hoax and may even be dangerous. No ingredients are listed. 


They claimed it was unclear how it would even work, questioning what the purpose of reversing the effects of a life-saving vaccine would be.  

Vaccines currently deployed for use in Britain — made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca — have repeatedly been proven to be safe.

Multiple trials and real-world data have shown the jabs dramatically cut the risk of becoming seriously ill or dying with Covid.

If Britain's lockdown is to be relaxed as planned over the coming months, the roll-out must continue to go smoothly. 

Around 28.3million Britons have already had their first dose — but health bosses are concerned about low uptake in BAME groups and carers.

Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor of cellular microbiology at the University of Reading, said Fiverr have to be more careful in what it allows to be listed on its site.

He said: 'It's basically snake oil.

'The seller offers no idea of what it is or what it does, and you have to ask the question of why you would want it?

'If you're feeling a bit under the weather after the vaccine — which is perfectly normal — no ointment is going to lessen those symptoms.

'[Fiverr] has to be a bit more careful about what it's listing on its site.'

Fiverr has been approached for comment. 

It is not the first time the Israel-based Fiverr marketplace has come under fire for selling bogus medical products.

Last year MailOnline revealed face cures for Covid with 'healing energy' were being sold for up to £80 on the site.

And voodoo specialists offering supposed cures for alcoholism on the site costing £520 were slammed by addiction experts for exploiting vulnerable patients.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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