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Chinese lawmakers suggest publicizing vaccine examination reports
BEIJING — Chinese lawmakers have called for the publication of examination reports on vaccines after they are approved by authorities.
The suggestion was raised on Dec 28 at a penal deliberation on a draft law on vaccine management, which was submitted to the ongoing session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee for its first reading.
Li Yuefeng, a member of the committee, said it should be stipulated in the draft that a report detailing examination results of a vaccine should be made public to ensure the people’s right to transparency.
Wu Weihua, a committee vice chairperson, advised that the research and development (R&D) of a vaccine should be filed with relevant administrative departments since vaccine R&D may involve virulent or contagious pathogens.
Committee member Wu Heng called for revisions of the draft on tightening supervision and management of logistics, especially on temperature control.
Li Kang, another committee member, said the vaccination centers that offer voluntary vaccinations outside the national vaccination plan should be required by the draft to participate in medical liability insurance.
Other suggestions at the deliberation included toughening the examination and inspection of imported vaccines and making a more specific guideline for vaccine pricing.
China reports 2,826 deaths from infectious diseases in November
BEIJING — A total of 2,826 people died as a result of infectious diseases in China in November, according to statistics released by the National Health Commission.
There were 636,722 cases of infectious diseases reported last month.
One case of cholera was reported in November and no cases of plague were reported. No fatalities caused by these diseases have been reported, the commission said.
Cholera and plague are classified as Class A infectious diseases, the most serious classification in China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.
A total of 303,714 infections of diseases classified as Class B infectious diseases were reported, resulting in 2,819 deaths in November. Viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, syphilis, gonorrhea and scarlet fever accounted for 93 percent of these cases.
Class C diseases caused seven deaths in November. Foot and mouth disease, infectious diarrhea and influenza were the most prevalent in this category, accounting for 92 percent of cases.