Production of a rabies vaccine based on faked production documentation has raised a major stir in China, where food and drug safety is increasingly in the spotlight. While there are “apparently” no reports of harm, it’s only a matter of time. No doubt many Uncensored readers will say that no vaccine is safe and halting production permanently is for the better!
[SHANGHAI] A vaccine scandal in China, which has prompted angry reactions from leaders and citizens fed up with safety scares in the country, is sending ripples across the local drug market and threatening Chinese ambitions to play a larger global role.
Shares in Chinese vaccine makers and biotech firms fell across the board on Monday after Premier Li Keqiang slammed Changsheng Biotechnology Co for having crossed a moral red line and called for swift action.
Changsheng has been found to have faked production documents related to a rabies vaccine that is given to babies as young as three months, underscoring the difficulties China faces in cleaning up the image of what is the world’s No.2 drug industry as it aims to promote locally made vaccines globally.
While there have been no apparent reports of people being harmed by the vaccine, the regulator ordered Changsheng to halt production and recall the product after the scandal emerged earlier this month.
The case has gone viral in China, where sensitivity over food and drug safety is extremely high after a slew of scandals over the last decade. It was among the most hotly discussed topics on microblogging website Sina Weibo on Monday…