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In response to a scandal that a vaccine maker faked records, Chinese authorities dismissed a provincial vice governor and ordered an investigation into the former head of its Food and Drug Administration.

The moves came as the Communist Party leadership met to discuss ways to cope with the episode in which Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences was found to have sold nearly half a million doses of an ineffective rabies vaccine. The company was accused of fabricating production and inspection records, although there are no reports of serious adverse events.


“The circumstances are serious and the nature is bad, causing serious adverse effects. It not only exposes many loopholes such as inadequate supervision, but also reflects institutional defects in the production and use of vaccines,” the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Community Part of China Central Committee said in a statement, according to Chinese media.

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