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Official: no vaccine link found in baby deaths

01-03-2014 19:42 BJT

By CCTV reporter Su Yuting

Turning to the scare in China over Hepatitis B vaccines manufactured in Guangdong after the deaths of a number of babies. National health officials say the vaccines made by the BioKangtai company meet national standards. They say initial investigations shows no indication that the infants’ deaths were caused by the vaccine.

China’s top health, drug and food authorities held a joint press conference after conducting initial investigation into the Shenzhen-based drug maker, BioKangtai.

Li Guoqing, Senior Official of China Food and Drug Administration, said, "We investigated eight batches of the vaccines produced by Biokangtai. No problems have been found with 2 batches of BioKangtai vaccines in production practices or product quality. Samples of another 6 batches are still being tested. We will release the results as soon as testing is completed."

There have been 17 deaths following BioKangtai vaccinations reported between December 13 and 31.But vaccines seem unlikely to be responsible.

Yu Jingjin, Nat'l Health & Family Planning Comm., said, "The cases were in 18 different villages in nine provinces. In each case the cause of the death was different. Nine of the cases have been confirmed to have nothing to do with the vaccines. Preliminary analysis of the eight other cases have also found no link between the deaths and the vaccines, but the cause of the deaths can be confirmed only after autopsies."

WHO health experts joined Chinese health experts in evaluating of investigation. They said Chinese government has taken the necessary steps to investigate the safety of the vaccine, in line with WHO recommendations.

Fabio Scano, Team Leader of Disease Control, WHO, said, "I am confident that the national health authorities will communicate with the public in a timely manner to restore parents confidence in the vaccine program over the last 20 years, which has prevented 8 millions hepatitis B infection in China. This is a major achievement of the public immunization program, and we ensure that Chinese babies in the future are protected for the hepatitis B with safe vaccine."

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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