China has set up a national work group for immunization planning that will suggest ways
to ensure vaccines are safe, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.
The work group, led by a vice-minister of health, will analyze all incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years to find
the root sources of problems, Gao Fu, head of the center, said at a news conference. He didn’t name the minister.
“Vaccines made in China are some of the best in the world,” said Gao, who is also a member of China’s top poli
tical advisory body. “We should have no doubt about the role of vaccines in disease prevention or the quality of vaccines made in China.”
For example, he said, by promoting immunization, some infectious diseases that
once seriously harmed people’s health in China, such as smallpox, have been eliminated.
Hepatitis B once infected more than 10 percent of the population of China, but now only 0.3 p
ercent of children under 5 years old are carriers because of mandatory immunization.
Gao made the comments in light of a series of incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years.