China Gathers More Suspects in Illegal Vaccine Sales Probe
Chinese authorities arrested 27 new suspects in their probe of a vaccine sales ring, which has rocked the country since its discovery earlier this year.
There are now 324 people who have been implicated in an $88 million illegal vaccine ring. More than 100 public officials face investigation for bribery and collusion.
First discovered in March, the probe centers on former pharmacist Pang Hongwei and her adult daughter. Authorities say the pair set up an operation that sold 12 types of vaccines and other pharma products throughout China. They funneled products through more than 300 distributors to reach 24 provinces and regions.
The vaccine supplies reportedly were kept at unacceptable temperatures.