The communist party’s most powerful body, Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, decided to sack 6 top officers after the vaccine scandal, including the former head of China National Drug Administration (“CNDA”), Mr. Jingquan Bi.

In July 2018, Chinese vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Corporation (“Changsheng”) was found to have falsified data during the production of 110,000 rabies vaccines. In addition, the same company has been found to have violated standards in producing around 499,800 doses of the “DTP vaccine”, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). Changsheng was fined CNY3.44m (GBP393,845) and could be delisted over the scandal. The police arrested Changsheng’s chairwoman and four other senior executives.

According to the Chinese government, there is no report that anyone has been harmed by the substandard vaccines. However, the scandal hit people’s confidence in domestic vaccines.

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