Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology Corporation, the Chinese company which manufactured the vaccines, has been accused of producing ineffective vaccines and violating immunity standards.
China initiated protocols on Tuesday to recall fake rabies vaccines sold in other countries and regions amid the recent vaccine scandal. This will strike a heavy blow to drug exports and damage the country’s international image.
The Indian authorities have ordered an immediate withdrawal of rabies vaccines from the market and have also banned its imports from a Chinese manufacturer that allegedly fabricated records.
The experts have called on government agencies to strengthen the supervision of exports of domestic medicine and ingredients after several Chinese drug makers reportedly recalled their products over safety concerns that triggered a global alert.
Tian Guangqiang, an expert on medicine at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said, “Chinese drug manufactures should raise their awareness of quality control, while the government should establish a strict approval system and impose severe penalties on violators.” The recall will make overseas markets more cautious with China-made medicines. It will give other countries a chance to get a slice of the China-made medicines’ market share, he added.
Countries affected by the recall include the European Union, Canada, the UAE and South Korea.