Vaccine officials pay the price

China | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Feb 4, 2019
China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on Saturday it had disciplined more than 80 officials linked to a vaccine scandal last year that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs. Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology - a manufacturer of rabies vaccines - was fined US$1.3 billion (HK$10.14 billion) in October after it was found to have fabricated records. Four officials from the China Food and Drug Administration, including former deputy director Wu Zhen, have been prosecuted. Xinhua said Wu has been expelled from the Communist Party for nepotism, taking bribes, and abusing his power in drug regulation. The commission said it would seriously deal with more than 80 officials from multiple government organizations, with some already fired or demoted. Authorities said the faulty rabies vaccines did not enter the market. But the case provoked outrage from customers fed up with recurring product-safety scandals in the drug sector. The drug company's chairwoman and 14 employees were arrested in July, with more than a dozen officials sacked.

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