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The Communist Party of China faced yet another healthcare scandal Tuesday following the revelation that one of the country’s largest state-run pharmaceutical companies had found HIV present in an estimated 12,000 doses of immunoglobulin treatment.
Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical Company, owned by the Chinese communist regime, notified authorities of the finding Tuesday and, according to the National Health Commission, immediately began working to remove the treatments from potential circulation.
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The HIV contamination is the latest in a string of failures on the part of the Chinese healthcare system, most prominently the deliberate use of expired vaccines on Chinese children to save money, that Beijing has had to apologize for. Communist Party chief Xi Jinping already faces significant backlash from angry parents over the vaccine scandal, including protests in which parents have surrounded and beaten Communist Party officials in public.
Shanghai Xinxing’s contamination news comes just two weeks after the nation’s State Administration for Market Regulation announced a new campaign to fight the “rampant irregularities” in China’s healthcare system. As a communist state, the Chinese government promises free, functional healthcare to its people, a promise it appears increasingly unable to fulfill under Xi.
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The Chinese government statement, published Wednesday, stated that Xinxing “immediately notified the State Food and Drug Administration and requested the medical institutions across the country to suspend the use” of the blood plasma treatments affected. While 12,000 batches of the treatments are known to carry HIV, the government statement appeared to leave open the possibility that more may soon be found, as Xinxing reportedly urged government medical officials to “continuously observe and monitor” patients who had received the treatment.
The South China Morning Post translated a statement from the Jiangxi Provincial Disease Control Centre, which administers the region where Xinxing is operational, in local news asserting that no patients who had received the treatment...
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