China cracks down on illegal African swine fever vaccines

Aug. 25, 2020

China is close to approving a vaccine for African swine fever, which has killed millions of pigs in the last few years. But illegal versions of unapproved vaccines are complicating matters. 

The country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced this week that the country is enacting stricter measures to remove illegal African swine fever vaccines from the market, which have been in circulation for months.

So far, officials have made seven arrests in connection with the fake vaccines. Authorities have also stepped up efforts to inspect drug companies, veterinary labs and pig farmers. And as clinical trials of real vaccine candidates progress, the country has vowed to provide strict monitoring to prevent intellectual property theft. 

Read the Reuters report.