Chi­nese vac­cine panic

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BEI­JING — China’s vac­cine scan­dal is spark­ing protests and panic among par­ents, with the rev­e­la­tion two drug­mak­ers sold poor-qual­ity vac­cines for in­fants re­viv­ing anx­i­ety over the coun­try’s abil­ity to en­sure safety in the world’s sec­ond-big­gest health-care mar­ket.

Demon­stra­tors gath­ered out­side the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion in Bei­jing Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to videos posted on Twit­ter, de­mand­ing tougher reg­u­la­tion of vac­cine sales in China af­ter Chang­sheng BioTech­nol­ogy Co., a drug­maker listed in Shen­zhen, and sta­te­owned vac­cine maker Wuhan In­sti­tute of Bi­o­log­i­cal Prod­ucts Co. were found by a gov­ern­ment probe to have made hun­dreds of thou­sands of low-qual­ity vac­cines.

The rev­e­la­tions have trig­gered a cri­sis of con­fi­dence among con­sumers in China. It’s also send­ing par­ents to Hong Kong to seek vac­ci­na­tions by for­eign drug com­pa­nies, deal­ing an­other set­back for China’s $122-bil­lion drug in­dus­try, which has been dogged with safety con­cerns.

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