China Shuts Down Protesting Parents

Parents in China protesting the scandal involving expired and improperly stored vaccines said they’ve faced intimidation and arrest .
The WHO says the only danger from the vaccines is a lack of effectiveness, but parents are now outraged by the harassment on top of the lapse. Security forces have reportedly detained hundreds of parents; Yi Wenlong reported a 30-day detention for encouraging people to read a newspaper report on the scandal.

The government reacted quickly with damage-control measures—probably in a bid to head off anti-vaccine sentiment. China’s own anti-vax movement is “increasingly echoing what is going on in the US,” said Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, “and that is bad news for public health in China.”


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