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China to strengthen vaccine management: regulator

2019-03-11 13:26

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   A nurse from Boao Super Hospital United Family Boao Clinic presents a human papilloma virus (HPV) 9-valent vaccine in Boao, south China's Hainan Province, May 30, 2018. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)

   BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- China will strengthen management and supervision of vaccines to ensure their safety, the country's top drug regulator said Monday.

   Chinese lawmakers have finished their first reading of a draft law on vaccine management, and solicited public opinions, Jiao Hong, head of the National Medical Products Administration, told a press conference on the sidelines of the annual legislative session.

   China's vaccines are generally safe, Jiao said, adding that the development of a vaccine management mechanism with long-term effects is underway.

   Vaccine-producing companies should build a sound quality management system and product safety tracing and risk reporting mechanisms.

   Provincial drug regulators should enhance on-site checks on vaccine producers while the national administration will strengthen random checks, she said.

   China will develop and train national and provincial professional inspectors to enhance supervision capabilities, she added. 



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