Chinese Parents Protest As Vaccine Investigation Widens, Different Company Recalls Heart Medicine

CNN: Rare two-day protest over China vaccine scandal reveals public anger
“A group of angry Chinese parents and activists have gathered twice in two days outside government buildings in Beijing to protest a recent scandal over defective vaccines, a rare display of public dissatisfaction in the tightly policed Chinese capital…” (Westcott/Xiong, 7/31).

CNN: Chinese company recalls tainted heart medicine from stores worldwide
“A medicine manufacturer in China is undertaking an international recall of active substances used in a commonly used heart medicine which were found to contain traces of a dangerous carcinogen, the government announced Sunday…” (Westcott/Xiong, 7/30).

New York Times: Chinese Parents Protest Bad Vaccines for Hundreds of Thousands
“More than two dozen Chinese parents, shouting phrases including ‘Justice for the victims,’ gathered outside a government building in Beijing on Monday to protest a vaccine scandal that has become one of the most visible public health crises in China in recent years. … While the children appear to be unharmed, the episode undermined President Xi Jinping’s vision of a newly resilient China and his vow to eliminate corruption and abuse in the nation’s food and drug industries…” (Hernández, 7/30).

Reuters: China widens vaccine scandal probe, vows tough penalties
“China’s drug watchdog published details on Tuesday of an investigation into a second firm found to have made inferior vaccines, after cabinet vowed tough penalties and fines over a vaccine safety scandal that has sparked widespread anger…” (Stanway/Goh, 7/30).

South China Morning Post: Fake data — the disease afflicting China’s vaccine system
“…While there are no official figures or reliable independent assessments about the full extent of the problems, past cases have pointed to fraud throughout the vaccine supply chain in China, from laboratories to vaccination centers. The head of one disease control center for about half a million people said problems with the quality of vaccines had existed for a long time and ‘everyone inside the loop knows it’…” (Huang/Xin, 7/30).

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