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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • I know how much you trust the label Made in China.

  • Well, that same great quality is soon coming to

  • the drugs you get at your local pharmacy.

  • And you might not have a choice

  • Welcome back to China Uncensored,

  • I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • China wants to sell drugs to Americans.

  • I mean, sure,

  • they're already selling drugs to Americans.

  • But I'm talking about selling legit drugs, like vaccines.

  • And not just to Americans, but to the entire world.

  • It's part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's plan called Made in China 2025.

  • The goal is to make you have the opposite reaction

  • to Made in China that you do right now.

  • According to this report from the US Chamber of Commerce,

  • China's goal for 2020 is to haveat least 100 pharmaceutical enterprises

  • obtain US, EU, Japanese, World Health Organization authentication

  • and achieve product export.”

  • Plus get “3-5 new biotech drugs, complete drug registration in Europe,

  • [the] US and other developed nations,

  • [and] speed up the development of internationalization of

  • domestically produced drugs.”

  • In other words, get the world to buy drugs Made in China.

  • And before 2020,

  • their goal is to take over 90% of generic drug production.

  • But there's a problem:

  • That is, that initial gut reaction you had tomade in China,”

  • is still the right reaction to have right now.

  • You see, drugs made in China have been known to have a few problems.

  • Earlier this month,

  • a Chinese pharmaceutical company recalled

  • a heart drug it sold in the US because...

  • it may cause cancer.

  • European regulators said the problem likely dates

  • to changes in manufacturing processes

  • at Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical in 2012,

  • suggesting that many patients could potentially

  • have been exposed to cancer risk.”

  • I mean, heart disease or cancer.

  • It's like the world's worst choose your own adventure novel.

  • The drug is called Valsartan.

  • It was one of those blockbuster drugs that went off patent

  • and a Chinese pharmaceutical company

  • started producing a generic version.

  • And this has been a bad month for Chinese drug makers.

  • Because now...

  • “...Police in China are probing Chinese biotech firm

  • Changsheng Bio-technology for allegedly faking documents

  • related to a rabies vaccine given to babies.”

  • Now I know what you're thinking,

  • babies with rabies?

  • Is that really a thing?

  • Well, I think it was the inspiration for this statue in Norway.

  • The rabies vaccine was part of a state-sponsored vaccine program,

  • using vaccines specifically from Changsheng Bio-technology.

  • Only one problem though.

  • Well, several problems.

  • One is that Changsheng

  • had given out more than a hundred thousand doses

  • of a rabies vaccine for which it falsified data.

  • Another is, it had to recall more than

  • a quarter million other faulty DPT vaccines.

  • And also, according to internal documents,

  • Changsheng sold vaccines worth about 5 million dollars

  • tomore than ten countries like India, Cambodia, Nigeria,

  • Egypt, Belarus and some other European, African,

  • Middle Eastern and South American countries.”

  • Though there is no indication that any of the bad vaccines

  • were shipped to those countries.

  • So far, 15 people have been arrested in the scandal,

  • including the chairwoman of Changsheng.

  • The scandal was first exposed by an anonymous post on WeChat.

  • It was quickly deleted by Chinese censors of course,

  • but it lives on through the Ethereum blockchain.

  • The incident has sparked one of the country's

  • largest public outcries in years,

  • one that officials and censors have struggled to contain.”

  • But that doesn't mean they didn't try!

  • According to Weiboscope,

  • a censorship monitoring project at the University of Hong Kong,

  • vaccinewas one of the most restricted words

  • on the Chinese version of Twitter.

  • After all, as my favorite Chinese state-run media the Global Times said,

  • If nothing is done to manage online public discourse,

  • it could become a festering gateway leading the country

  • towards chaos and creating serious unpredictability.”

  • Wow, a festering gateway?

  • Sounds like the Chinese internet could use a vaccination.

  • State-run People's Daily said the bad vaccines were safe,

  • just ineffective.

  • What a relief!

  • Safemeans the vaccines didn't directly cause harm.

  • Notsafeas in you thought you were immunized for a disease

  • that you're actually still in danger of getting.

  • Even so, people found out about it, and were not happy.

  • Things that hurt kids tend to generate a lot of outrage in China.

  • In fact, the outrage has been so intense,

  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping had to respond directly,

  • which almost never happens.

  • One Chinese woman called them all devils in hell, which is really rude.

  • While others were kind of beaten down by the futility of it all.

  • If we can't even guarantee the basics of vaccine protection

  • for our children,

  • is there any difference between getting a vaccine or not?

  • (Getting one) may even affect your kid's health.”

  • Why is this such a long-term problem?

  • (There've been similar health scares) in 2003, 2006, and 2013.

  • This has happened many times in China.”

  • Just for clarity, 2003 was when the Chinese Communist Party

  • tried to cover up the deadly outbreak of SARS.

  • 2006 I'm pretty sure refers to the beginning of what became

  • the 2008 tainted milk scandal,

  • when officials tried to cover up the tainted milk powder

  • that killed 6 infants and sickened 300,000 others.

  • And 2013 might refer to when seven babies died

  • after getting a bad hepatitis vaccine...

  • although after an investigation,

  • Chinese officials said the deaths were unrelated to the vaccines.

  • She should have been a bit more specific.

  • And really, she should have also mentioned the 2010 case

  • of unrefrigerated vaccines that killed four children.

  • Or the time in 2015 when hundreds of children

  • were sickened by expired vaccines.

  • Or the giant scandal in 2016,

  • ...that involved 24 provinces, 29 pharmaceutical firms,

  • 16 health departments, and more than 300 officials.

  • In that incident, a woman was selling expired vaccines

  • that she bought for cheap from a bunch of licensed

  • and unlicensed agents, and then

  • with the help of local officials

  • sold them across China.

  • Police discovered the stash of expired vaccines

  • in an unrefrigerated abandoned factory.

  • And then the government took action

  • by covering it up for a year.

  • I mean yes,

  • this woman could have mentioned those other times,

  • but there's so many, who can keep track?

  • But remember,

  • China wants to sell vaccines around the world

  • as part of the Made in China 2025 plan.

  • The problem is,

  • now people in China don't even want to buy Chinese vaccines.

  • And that's why Chinese state-run media wants you to know:

  • Chinese vaccines are definitely safe.

  • Are China's vaccines safe?

  • Amid widespread public concern and questions from the media

  • the World Health Organization expressed

  • its confidence in China's vaccines.”

  • The Chinese National Regulatory Authority for Vaccines

  • is known to regulate at international standards.”

  • So, I guess the World Health Organization

  • is going to be on board with China selling vaccines around the world.

  • That sounds...great.

  • So how do you feel about China's plan to sell you vaccines?

  • Well, guess what?

  • No one cares.

  • Because of how the pharmaceutical industry works,

  • you usually have no idea where your drugs are actually manufactured.

  • You just pick up the prescription at a pharmacy.

  • So...if that bothers you,

  • you might want to be concerned about China becoming,

  • “a major player in the global pharmaceutical industry.”

  • And before you go,

  • it's that time on the show when I answer a question

  • from a fan who supports China Uncensored

  • on the crowd funding website Patreon.

  • Spartaner 251 asks, “hey Chris,

  • what's the situation on the indian - chinese border ?”

  • Great!

  • The border is great.

  • The border is very tranquil.

  • As I'm sure you saw on last week's episode,

  • the Chinese military has built a potential nuclear missile garrison

  • in Sichuan province,

  • not too far from the border between China and India.

  • At least it's not far, as the missile flies.

  • And, according to a US official,

  • but denied by the Indian government,

  • China may be resuming activity in that disputed territory.

  • In any event,

  • you ought to stay tuned to China Uncensored

  • to find out if anything big happens.

  • Thanks for your question, Spartaner.

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  • Once again I'm your host Chris Chappell,

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