China’s vaccine crisis now seems to be a neverending saga that is testing the limits of both citizens and government. Last Friday, hundreds of people staged a massive protest in front of the Licheng Health Centre in Jinhu County regarding yet another issue of bad vaccines. In this case, health officials disseminated expired vaccines, causing some kids to fall ill.
Hundreds of children experienced fevers, skin rashes, colds, and vomiting, all as a result of the expired vaccines. Throughout the protest, parents of sick children could be heard calling out for answers. Police and protesters clashed, at times, violently.
At least 145 children were given expired polio vaccines, according to local reports. Last July, Chinese health officials gave hundreds of thousands of children bunk vaccines which contained very little of the active ingredients. Last November, trace amounts of a mysterious white particle was found in Sanofi’s quadrivalent seasonal flu vaccine, VaxigripTetra. Clearly, the entire region is on edge when it comes to vaccines and pharmaceutical companies.
Here’s some video showing the clashes.