The mayor of the Chinese city of Changchun resigned on Tuesday, state media reported, after a safety scandal at Changchun-based vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology sparked widespread consumer anger, according to Reuters.
The company was accused in July of falsifying data for a rabies vaccine and manufacturing an ineffective vaccine for babies, triggering public outrage and multiple official investigations.
The People’s Daily reported on Tuesday mayor Liu Changlong’s resignation had been accepted by the Standing Committee of Changchun’s People’s Congress. T
he state-run paper did not directly link Liu’s decision with the vaccine scandal.
In a separate report on Tuesday, the newspaper said the head of the Changchun Food and Drug Administration, Tang Ruodi, had been removed from his post.
China said on Saturday it had sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator, a day after state media reported that more than 40 government officials, including seven at the provincial level, had been held accountable for the scandal.
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