Pu­n­ish­ments meted out in Shan­dong vac­cine scan­dal

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Holiday - By ZHAO RUIXUE in Ji­nan zhaoruixue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The head of the Shan­dong Cen­ter for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion has been re­moved from his du­ties be­cause of a case of sub­stan­dard vac­cines, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion posted on Sun­day on the web­site of the Shan­dong Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion and the Shan­dong Provin­cial Su­per­vi­sory Com­mis­sion.

Bi Zhen­qiang, the di­rec­tor of the cen­ter, is also the sub­ject of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion car­ried out by the prov­ince’s dis­ci­pline and su­per­vi­sory com­mis­sions be­cause he is in­volved with other ac­tiv­i­ties that vi­o­late the law and dis­ci­plinary stan­dards, it said.

Seven other Shan­dong of­fi­cials have also been held ac­count­able in the case, with five of them dis­missed, in­clud­ing the deputy head of the Shan­dong Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the deputy head of the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Of the sub­stan­dard vac­cines pro­duced by Changchun Chang­sheng Bio-tech Co, doses from one batch of 252,600 were all sold within the prov­ince. An­other 247,200 doses from an­other batch were sold in Shan­dong and An­hui prov­inces. The sub­stan­dard vac­cines trig­gered wide­spread pub­lic out­rage.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping de­manded a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the coun­try’s lat­est vac­cine scan­dal and promised se­vere pun­ish­ment for those ac­count­able after the vac­cine prob­lem was ex­posed in July.

More than 40 govern­ment of­fi­cials in Jilin prov­ince, where the Changchun Chang­sheng Bio-tech Co is lo­cated, in­clud­ing seven at the provin­cial level, were held ac­count­able in Au­gust in the case.

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