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China launches nationwide action after faulty rabies vaccine

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

With the recent faulty vaccine scandal creating panic, has launched a nationwide campaign to provide medical consultation and free inoculation of

made by the Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Company, the second largest in China, were found to have violated national standards including usage of expired fluids and falsified production dates. The were also widely exported, including to

The of early this month ordered an immediate withdrawal of from the market and also banned their imports from a Chinese manufacturer that allegedly fabricated records.

institutions and control centres across are providing for people who received made by the company, state-run reported today.

has designated 36,482 hospitals and institutions for consultation, the report said.

No deaths from rabies have been reported among the patients who received the faulty vaccines, it said.

Investigators found Changchun Changsheng had violated rules on and national drug standards for the vaccines since April 2014, including the use of expired fluids and false production dates, the report said.

China's National Commission and the issued an inoculation plan for people who have received from the company. Those who are currently being treated and have not completed the required dosage can switch to vaccines from other companies at no charge.

Those who have completed the regime can also be re-inoculated without charge if they wish. For those who received the faulty vaccines less than a year ago, institutions will provide tracking, observation and advisory services, it said.

The daily quoted a resident surnamed Zhang from in East China's province as saying that she panicked as she received the vaccine last autumn and her mother was injected this June at

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:00 IST