OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has sent a cease and desist letter to a Seattle business that's selling a Covid-19 "vaccine."
Ferguson warns in the letter that if the company, North Coast Biologics, and its owner, Johnny T. Stine, don’t stop making false or unsupported claims about the product, they could face a lawsuit from Ferguson under the state Consumer Protection Act.
In a social media post, Stine claims to have developed a “vaccine” that has made him immune to COVID-19, and offers his “vaccine” for $400.
“Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Ferguson said. “Scammers take advantage of fear and uncertainty to make you go against your better judgment. There is currently no proven treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. We will use all of the tools at our disposal to protect consumers during this public health emergency.”
There is no COVID-19 vaccine or treatment that has been approved yet by regulators. Ferguson said “consumers should not have to worry about being misled about the health benefits of products that have not been evaluated or established as effective to treat or prevent the virus.”
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