Chinese vaccine panic
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.