By Rona Rui
Epoch Times Staff
After a highly criticized 15-day investigation, the Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH) concluded on April 6 that the deaths of 12 and illnesses of more than 100 children in Shanxi Province were not related to mishandled vaccines, as had been charged in an independent investigation, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Neither the families of suspected victims, nor the individual from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Shanxi who leaked the information to the press, found the authorities’ disclosure acceptable or conclusive.
On March 17, China Economic Times had published a report based on findings collected during a six-month investigation in which 36 victims and their families were interviewed. Evidence of the mishandling of vaccines by manufacturers in Shanxi was also reported.
Wang Keqing brought the incident to light in an investigative piece. He did not curtail his investigative efforts after the article was published and recently stated in his personal blog, “To date, I have detailed documentation of more than 260 families who suspect their children were victims of the mishandled vaccines, including 16 who died. There are 151 cases and 12 deaths in Shanxi Province alone.”
In the article published in the China Economic Times, Beijing Huawei Pharmaceutical and Biotech Co. Ltd. claimed to be affiliated with the Shanxi Health Bureau and to have a monopoly on vaccine distribution and supplies in Shanxi. During the period from Jan. 1, 2006 to Oct. 15, 2007, workers affixed labels which read “Exclusively for the Shanxi CDC” on vaccine packages.
They were required to work in the corridor of the newly constructed CDC building which had not yet received inspection approval. During that time, the vaccines were exposed to temperatures between 20 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius and were under direct sunlight for four, five, or even up to 10 hours. They were then delivered throughout the Province by trucks with defective air conditioning systems.
London Bridge is falling down. L.