China’s Cold Chain Scrutinised following Multimillion-Dollar Illegal Vaccine Investigation
China’s State Council has passed an amendment on vaccine regulations just weeks after the launch of an investigation into incorrectly handled vaccines took place, in ‘a case that shook the country’.
The amendment, which impacts multiple articles within Regulations for the Circulation and Inoculation of Vaccines, was passed on April 24th.
Cold chain storage and transportation are both a prime focus in the updates, with the Center for disease control and prevention, inoculation units and vaccine manufacturing enterprises being required to safeguard vaccine temperature throughout the process and monitor the levels frequently. Comprehensive sales records depicting the purchase, storage, distribution and supply of vaccines must be formulated by the vaccine production enterprise. This record should remain on file for up to two years after the vaccines expire. Inoculation units should request a temperature monitoring record so a purchasing and reception record can be created.
Source: Cold Chain IQ