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China’s Latest Vaccine Scandal: An Analysis of Key Factors and Assessment of China’s Way Forward

Featured in a Q&A on the emerging vaccine scandal in China.  Full Q&A available here.  August 7, 2018

“China is in the midst of a major public health scandal after a spot inspection at one of the country’s largest domestic drug companies revealed that it had falsified safety and inspection data on its rabies vaccine. This was the second major incident involving a vaccine manufactured by the company in under one year. While testing by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the doses of these vaccines were ultimately safe, though substandard, this revelation has sparked protests within China over what it means for the country’s efforts to strengthen access to safe and reliable vaccines that are crucial to promoting public health. In this Q&A, NBR’s senior associate for international health Benjamin Shobert analyzes the key factors at play in the scandal and assesses China’s way forward to address the problem.”