Extensive history of “pharmaceutical scandals” deterring Chinese people from getting flu shots

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 China’s state-run media is lamenting the fact that increasingly more Chinese people are rejecting flu shots, and presumably the upcoming Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, due to China’s extensive history of “pharmaceutical scandals.”

While some Chinese people, stricken with fear over the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), are eagerly rushing out to get jabbed, others are more skeptical, recalling many instances in the past when drug corporations distributed faulty drugs and vaccines that harmed people.

The communist Chinese regime is reportedly ramping up its clinic capacity to ensure that all Chinese residents can get vaccinated. The problem is that many of them are not planning to, which could prove problematic from the government’s perspective.

According to reports, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) currently has enough capacity to increase the flu vaccine supply. But public demand “has remained low because of a lack of trust, a lack of public awareness, poor access, as well as cost,” reports the South China Morning Post (SCMP), a state-run media source.

Another problem is cost, as some Chinese people, depending on where they live, have to pay out-of-pocket for a flu shot in the event that they decide to get one.

“I’ve heard friends discussing it, saying this year is special because of the coronavirus and we are among the high-risk group,” says Xu Liang, a 68-year-old retiree who lives in Wuxi, located in China’s Jiangsu province.

“But 100 yuan is too much for retirees like me,” he adds. “It’s five days of my family’s food budget.”

Xu added that he has also never had a flu shot, and is unsure whether or not it would even work, or if it is even safe for him.

“I know how effective it is,” he says. “And I doubt its quality. I remember there were scary reports of substandard vaccines years ago.”

Communist China uses propaganda to convince residents to get flu jabs

The reports Xu is talking about involved a Chinese vaccine manufacturer known as Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology, which reportedly sold more than 250,000 DPT vaccines in China’s Shandong province before tests conducted in Nov. 2017 showed that many of them were not effective.

Changchun Changsheng was fined by a provincial regulator the U.S. equivalent of around $500,000, a relatively small sum for a company that during this same year raked in the U.S. equivalent of more than $83 million in profits.

One year later, Changchun Changsheng was caught falsifying production data on its rabies vaccine, deceptively suggesting that the drug was safer and more effective than it actually was.

It is kind of like what happened in Argentina when U.K. drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined a measly $90,000 by an Argentine court after illegal vaccine trials led to the deaths of at least 14 innocent babies – $90,000 being a drop in the bucket for this multi-billion dollar drug behemoth.

“These scandals have eroded my confidence in vaccines made in China,” says Yi Jie, a 32-year-old computer programmer in Beijing who, despite all the scandals, still thinks she should probably get a flu jab this fall, even if it is made in China.

“But I’ve been told by private clinics that imported flu vaccines have already been booked out so I’ll have to accept a domestic flu shot if there’s no other choice,” she adds. “My bet is domestic vaccines are safe after producers learned a lesson from the scandals.”

This statement by Yi, of course, is at the end of the SCMP article, suggesting that other Chinese people reading it should follow her lead. Our suggestion, if you are somehow reading this article in China, is to think twice and remember that there is no turning back, no matter the outcome, once that needle is in your arm.

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