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Vaccine scandal: Chinese pharma firm chairman arrested, President Xi says its shocking

Vaccine scandal: Chinese pharma firm chairman arrested, President Xi says its shocking

Further illuminating the incident, The China Food and Drug Administration stated that the investigation led to the fact that Changsheng made-up product inspection records and production records, and randomly modified process parameters and equipment which is considered a serious violation of the law.

Changchun Changsheng, which is based in Jilin Province, has previously been caught producing substandard ADPT vaccines, which are mainly used to prevent children from catching whooping cough, diphtheria and tetanus.

While there have been no known reports of people being harmed by the vaccine, Chinese regulators ordered Changsheng to halt production and recall the product.

In Changchun Changsheng's 2017 annual report, which it filed to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the company claimed to have sold products to "more than ten countries like India, Cambodia, Nigeria, Egypt, Belarus and some other European, African, Middle Eastern and South American countries".

Boxes of Pentaxim vaccines for infants are stacked at a children's clinic in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, as numbers of mainland parents are bringing their children to Hong Kong for vaccinations following the vaccine scandal in China.

The Hong Kong Department of Health told Reuters local supply of the vaccines remained stable and it would closely monitor the situation.

Vaccine scandal: Chinese pharma firm chairman arrested, President Xi says its shocking
Vaccine scandal: Chinese pharma firm chairman arrested, President Xi says its shocking

The vaccine is part of the national mandatory program and an unconfirmed number of children have been given the questionable drugs, authorities said, provoking widespread outrage and concern.

Chinese citizens have been quick to express their fury online with one discussion hashtag on the Sina Weibo microblog gathering over 600 million views. Censors initially appeared to block some posts about the case. "But unlike in cases of child abuse, the vaccine scandals involve layers and layers of broken regulators and interest groups".

"The Changsheng vaccine case has created a tsunami on the internet", the state-run Global Times newspaper said in an editorial late on Monday, adding it was unrealistic to try to control it completely, though it could not be left unchecked. Earlier, in 2016, Chinese police busted a gang for selling around $90 million worth of illegal vaccines on the black market.

The firm said it also faces the risk of being delisted due to an investigation by China's securities regulator into suspected violations of information disclosure.

The case came into light a week ago when Changsheng was caught violating rabies vaccine making standard.

Biotech firms and Chinese vaccine makers' shares fell across on Monday after Premier Li Keqiang condemned Changsheng Biotechnology Co. for crossing a moral red line.

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