Chinese company in vaccine scandal declared bankrupt
In this April 25, 2017, photo, a baby receives a vaccine shot next to a poster which reads "Standardize vaccination and build a healthy China" at a hospital in Handan in north China's Hebei province. (Chinatopix via AP)
Published Friday, November 8, 2019 3:34AM EST
BEIJING -- A Chinese maker of rabies vaccine that was fined 9.1 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion) in a quality scandal that set off a crackdown on the industry said Friday it has been declared bankrupt.
Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd., which lost its production licenses last year, said in a statement that a court issued the ruling after concluding the company was insolvent and couldn't pay its debts.
Revelations that authorities failed to act immediately after finding the company might have falsified production records led to an outcry among a public already upset over deaths and injuries due to fake or shoddy medicines, milk, toys and other products.
Changsheng Life Sciences used expired materials, mixed different batches of products and failed to test them properly, according to regulators. The company destroyed records to conceal its misconduct, they said.
The country's No. 2 leader, Premier Li Keqiang, said the company "violated a moral bottom line."
No injuries were reported but authorities recalled the company's products from China and foreign markets.
Rabies is endemic in parts of China.