Vaccine scandals are not new to Chinese parents. In July 2018, Jilin-based Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology was found to have sold some 252,600 substandard DPT vaccines to the Shandong Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The news was not noticed by the public until an article named King of Vaccine spreaded widely in Wechat Moments in July 21.
Netease Datablog was the first Chinese media that used data journalism to tell the story. This project has two articles. The first story was published in July 22, 2018. In this article, we found that there were at least 14 vaccine scandals happened over just the past five years. We also analysed civil and criminal judgment documents related to vaccines accidents from last five years, found that bribery and misfeasance were very common in every link of China’s vaccine management due to lack of systematic regulatory oversight.
The second story was published two days later. Many Chinese parents felt panic and lost their faith in China-made vaccines becasue of these accidents. But when they turned to imported vaccines, they found imported vaccines very hard to find. We analysed lot release records in 2017 from Chinese National Institutes for Food and Drug Control, and
tried to find why imported vaccines are rare in China.