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Gave 145 children an expired polio vaccine, three local health officials in China were fired


IllustrationIllustration - At least 145 children in China are known to have received an expired polio vaccine, which caused three local health officials were firede due to that case. This expired vaccine case came after last year the Chinese government promised to prevent a repeat of a similar scandal that sparked public concern.

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As reported by AFP on Friday, January 11th 2019, Jinhu district government in a statement said three local health officials were fired due the vaccine case earlier this week. This expired vaccine case occurred in Jinhu district in Jiangsu Province.

This case was revealed after a pair of parents found that a batch of polio vaccine given orally to children in a health facility managed by the local district authorities had passed the expiration date listed. National CCTV television reported, the polio vaccine has an expiration date of December 11th, 2018. The vaccine is known to have only been given to local children about a month later.

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A Chinese government source quoted by CCTV said that the local government found 145 children who received the polio vaccine in the period December 11, 2018 to January 7th 2019. Local health officials say that the expired vaccine has a slightly reduced its efficacy, but it should not trigger adverse health effects.

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