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Wu Zhen, deputy head of the China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, pledged strict mea­sures on Wed­nes­day to close loop­holes in the distri­bu­tion sys­tem.

“The scandal has re­vealed prob­lems in the distri­bu­tion of vac­cines,” he said on the side­lines of the Boao Fo­rum for Asia in­Hainan prov­ince.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said on Tues­day that it has given lo­cal au­thor­i­ties un­til Fri­day to find out who bought the mis­han­dled vac­cines to ease pub­lic con­cern.

In ad­di­tion, police in Shan­dong have de­tained 37 sus­pects im­pli­cated in the scandal, in­clud­ing a mother and daugh­ter al­leged to have il­le­gally sold the im­prop­erly stored or ex­pired vac­cines, and peo­ple at three phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, ac­cord­ing to the work group han­dling the case.

Police in Hu­nan, Jiangxi and Guang­dong prov­inces also have re­ported de­tain­ing sus­pects.

The Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate an­nounced on Tues­day that it will di­rectly over­see the case and urged prose­cut­ing bod­ies at all lev­els to spare no ef­fort in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Pros­e­cu­tors through­out the coun­try are ex­pected to work closely with lo­cal police

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