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Hospital probed over vaccines

SHANGHAI'S health and food safety watchdogs are investigating a local private hospital which offers so-called imported multi-functional vaccination for children without license. With just one injection, some vaccines can defend against six infectious diseases.

Medical experts said the vaccines being sold by Shanghai Ren'ai Hospital in Xuhui District are not allowed to be sold in China, while officials from the Shanghai Center for Disease Prevention and Control said the city is yet to approve vaccines that are effective against six infectious diseases.

Multi-functional vaccines against five infectious diseases have been just introduced in the local market though they are not yet in the injection stage since local pricing authorities haven't set a price, officials said.

Jin Zhuoping of Ren'ai Hospital told Shanghai Daily late last night that the hospital is being investigated by the Shanghai Food and Arug Administration and is cooperating with the probe. It has handed over all materials and evidence. Jin refused to give details on the vaccine issue until the authorities finish their investigation and release their report.

"Our hospital was given approval by the Xuhui District Health Bureau to launch a high-end vaccination service for people with high medical demand, especially for foreigners, in 2009 and the vaccines we provide are allowed to be used abroad," she said. "So far we haven't detected or received any complaints about adverse reaction."

In a news program yesterday, staff from the hospital told reporters from Shanghai-based Dragon TV disguised as parents that the vaccines were produced in Belgium and sold in Hong Kong. Priced between 4,000 yuan (US$615.75) and 11,000 yuan, they were said to be effective against more than one infectious disease. Some vaccines could even defend against six infectious diseases, staff said.

Hospital staff explained that children under six months of age have to go to hospital repeatedly for vaccination, if the vaccines are domestically made. But their imported vaccines can collectively fight against more than one bacteria or virus.


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