BEIJING (AP) — China has arrested 135 people in 22 provinces for illegally buying and selling vaccines, in the latest scandal shaking the Chinese public’s confidence in vaccine safety.
The national prosecuting office said in an online statement Friday that arrest warrants were issued for 125 people for running vaccine businesses without license.
It says 15 of them have been formally indicted, and two were found guilty. Ten health officials were arrested for on-duty negligence.
It says the accused health officials had worked at local public health centers and knowingly bought the illegal vaccines and used them on people.
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