Beijing: Prosecuting authorities have approved the arrests of 125 people suspected in a vaccine scandal involving 570 million yuan (RM355mil), the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said.
Another 37 people involved in the case were being investigated on suspicion of duty-related crimes such as bribery, abuse of power and dereliction of duty, it said.
The vaccines involved in the case had allegedly been sold since 2011 in more than 20 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities by a mother and daughter in Shandong province.
The vaccines allegedly were not properly stored in cold conditions, which might have reduced their effectiveness. No deaths or injuries were reported in relation to the use of the problematic vaccines.
After the case was reported in February, the central government set up a special investigation team in March.
Of the 125 arrested, two had been convicted by the court as of Thursday, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
Most of those suspected of abuse of power are medical staff at township or community health centres who allegedly bought vaccines from sellers, despite knowing that the sellers were not certified to sell vaccines, according to the procuratorate. — China Daily/Asia News Network
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