The new ‘vaccine management law’, adopted at the end of June, includes tougher penalties for parties that manufacture or distribute fake vaccines, including hefty fines, as well as tighter monitoring of the entire vaccine supply chain. The law will come into effect on 1 December 2019 and provides for new inspection teams to be set up at national and local levels to supervise production and distribution. A new electronic information system will make vaccine information trackable. The records, which must be retained for at least five years after the expiry of the vaccine, will include data such as production and packaging information, expiry date, the date of vaccination, and the identities of the healthcare workers giving the vaccines as well as the recipients. When it comes to penalties, the government has introduced fines of 15 to 50 times the value of falsified/counterfeit vaccines, and 10 to 30 times the value of substandard products, for those involved in their production or sale.
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