Hep­ati­tis B doses meet short­age in Guang­dong

Au­thor­i­ties halt use of prob­lem­atic prod­ucts af­ter fourth baby death

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Guang­dong has pur­chased 1.45 mil­lion doses of hep­ati­tis B vac­cine for the prov­ince af­ter health au­thor­i­ties halted the use of a vac­cine sus­pected in the deaths of four ba­bies.

A baby boy in Shen­zhen died on Tues­day af­ter be­ing in­oc­u­lated with hep­ati­tis B vac­cine pro­duced by Biokang­tai, a lo­cal phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany.

His death was the fourth such re­cently af­ter ba­bies were in­oc­u­lated with the hep­ati­tis B vac­cine pro­duced by the com­pany, ac­cord­ing to China Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Two ba­bies in Hu­nan prov­ince and another in Sichuan prov­ince died re­cently af­ter be­ing in­jected with the Biokang­tai vac­cine.

On Fri­day, the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion asked all hos­pi­tals to stop us­ing the vac­cine pro­duced by Biokang­tai, and said it will in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the deaths and ex­am­ine the com­pany’s prod­ucts.

The boy in Shen­zhen died at Nan­wan Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal in Long­gang dis­trict the day he was born.

Yang Jin­min, di­rec­tor of the hos­pi­tal’s gen­eral of­fice, told China Daily that the baby, who weighed 3.15 kg, started to have dif­fi­culty breath­ing two min­utes af­ter his in­oc­u­la­tion and died an hour later.

“The baby’s fam­ily mem­bers sus­pected the vac­cine was to blame. We sug­gested an au­topsy and they agreed,” Yang said.

Zhang Shiying, di­rec­tor of the vac­ci­na­tion plan­ning depart­ment at the city’s center for disease con­trol and preven­tion, told Shen­zhen Evening News there are 60,300 doses of hep­ati­tis B vac­cine from the sus­pect batch and 24,753 peo­ple have been in­jected with vac­cine from the batch.

Ac­cord­ing to the city’s health au­thor­i­ties, Biokang­tai is the sole provider of hep­ati­tis B vac­cine for Shen­zhen’s free vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram.

Yang said his hos­pi­tal has sealed all hep­ati­tis B vac­cines made by Biokang­tai and is turn­ing to other com­pa­nies to en­sure ba­bies born to women with the hep­ati­tis B virus are vac­ci­nated as soon as pos­si­ble.

An anony­mous source from the Guang­dong Center for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion told China Daily that part of the prov­ince’s lat­est pur­chase has ar­rived. An em­ployee at Biokang­tai sur­named Zhou said the com­pany’s man­age­ment is help­ing na­tional and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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