China hit with fresh vaccination scandal

Jan 14, 2019

Health officials in China announced this week that they are investigating why 145 babies were given expired polio vaccines earlier this month. 

The incident occurred in the eastern province of Jiangsu and prompted public outrage among parents of the children who took to the streets and blocked traffic to protest. 

The scandal is the latest in a series of vaccination missteps in China that have undermined the public’s faith in vaccination safety. In July, the Chinese FDA was forced to halt production of freeze-dried rabies vaccines for humans after it was discovered that the manufacturer had falsified data.  

Local authorities said that three people have already been arrested in connection with the outdated vaccines given to children. 

Read the Reuters report.

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