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[Correspondence] Vaccine scandal and crisis in public confidence in China

In March, 2016, a vaccine scandal in Shandong province, eastern China, has led to the deaths of four children. According to state media, the prime culprit, a former pharmacist, was caught delivering vaccines to medical facilities on bicycles without approved storage conditions. The Shandong Food and Drug Administration made public a list of 25 problematic vaccines1—including polio, mumps, rabies, hepatitis B, encephalitis, and meningococcal vaccines—that had been illegally sold in at least 24 provincial areas since 2011.