Chinese authorities have arrested 15 people for “suspicion of criminal offenses” following a vaccine scandal that was exposed by a citizen journalist using Ethereum. Some reports say that potentially hundreds may be taken into custody.
Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology is accused of forging information on over 100,000 Tetanus vaccines given to infants. The Chinese government forced Changchun to cease production of the Tetanus vaccines, as well as a number of others.
Last year, Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology distributed 250,000 vaccines for diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus.
During a visit to Africa, Chinese President Xi Jinping called the allegations against Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology “serious and appaling.”
A Chinese researcher with Amnesty International named Patrick Poon told The Guardian, “The vaccine scandal once again shows the Chinese government’s failure in law enforcement and monitoring the health care industry, even after years of reports about other cases.”
The incident has caused outrage all over China.
China is now growing with concern that vaccine distrust is becoming more prominent in society following the scandal. Chinese investors may make things worse as well by avoiding investments in the biotech industry.
Chinese pharmaceutical blues isn’t a new song in the country, either.
In 2004, fake milk powder killed at least 15 babies.
In 2016, a fake vaccine ring was busted in the country.
Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology was also recently fined 3.4 million following the discovery that the company had sold tainted DPT vaccines.
It was only a week ago that Zhejiang Huaihai Pharmaceutical was forced to recall a heart medication being sold in the United States after researchers discovered a link to cancer.
Even the country’s media isn’t shying away from reporting over the incidents.
It is important to note that the government attempted to hide the most recent fake vaccine scandal by censoring the original article exposing it. Citizen journalists eventually turned to cryptocurrency as a way to put out the information without government oversight. The country remains outraged and distrusting over infant products.