Six more Chinese officials ousted for role in vaccine scandal
August 18 2018 01:54 PM


China has fired six more officials linked to a massive rabies vaccine scandal, state media reported on Saturday.

Five officials who worked for China's Food and Drug Administration and the deputy dean of the National Institutes for Food and Drug Control have all been fired, Xinhua news agency reported.

 The firings follow that of deputy governor of food and drug supervision in Jinlin Province - where the vaccine scandal unfolded - and the resignation of three other government officials linked with the scandal on Thursday.

The officials were implicated in July by news that Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology, China's second largest manufacturer of the rabies vaccine, was under investigation for forging production records and failing production standards for its rabies vaccine.

The company was previously fined 2017 for faking results related to its diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccine, according to China Daily.

 Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang both called for stronger measures in ensuring vaccine safety following widespread public criticism.

The vaccine scandal is the latest of its kind in China, where problems with quality control and counterfeit products, ranging from from powdered milk to electronics, persist.

 China's Food and Drug Administration was replaced by the State Drug Administration in March.

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