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Surprising NYT Editorial in Which China Gets Tougher Vaccine Safety Scrutiny than America

Chinese dollarsNote: This came as a surprise to us. The New York Times is notoriously pro-vaccine, and vicious toward the vaccine safety and choice communities.  We are pleased to see concern regarding vaccine safety, even from across the globe. Where there is risk, there must be choice. Otherwise, which nation is Communist?

If a Government Can’t Deliver Safe Vaccines for Children, Is It Fit to Rule?>Another scandal over shoddy drugs in China, another hit to the Communist Party’s legitimacy.

By Yanzhong Huang

Mr. Huang is a global-health expert specializing in China.

 Earlier this month, hundreds of aggrieved parents gathered outside the government office in Jinhu County, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, demanding an explanation for why 145 infants had been administered expired doses of the polio vaccine. It was China’s fifth vaccine scandal in less than seven years, and yet another blow to the country’s drug industry, its national immunization program, its regulatory authorities — and to the very legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party (C.C.P.).

Last summer, one of China’s largest vaccine makers was found to have issued at least 250,000 substandard doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. (Many more were discovered later.) Soon after, in a survey of 300,000 parents by Xiaodoumiao, an app used to book vaccination appointments, 79 percent of respondents said that before the scandal, they would have given their children a vaccine made in China, but only 36 percent said they would still do so now. Sixty percent of respondents said they were considering having their children inoculated outside mainland China.

Then and this month as well, there were protests, sometimes violent, against local officials. Last summer, after a senior regulatory official appeared on state-owned television to address public concern, Chinese web users lambasted him for his stiff manner and his Burberry shirt, calling it inappropriate for the occasion. The sanctions that the government undertook — firing officials, imposing a colossal fine on one drug company — didn’t seem to quell people’s anger.

The scandals, especially their repetition, undermines the people’s trust in the state. This would be true to some extent almost anywhere, if only as a failure of regulatory oversight, but they hit harder in China.

As the sociologist Dingxin Zhao has argued, a state can justify its power in essentially three ways: by appealing to shared values, to the sanctity of an electoral process and the rule of law, or to its own performance. In China, the C.C.P.’s hold on power today isn’t based on popular elections or the rule of law, and the party can no longer appeal to the superiority of communism as a holistic political theory. So it must justify its continued rule by consistently delivering public goods, such as economic growth or better standards of living.

Democratic governments also worry about their performance to some extent, because they are concerned about losing the next election. But democracy as a political system draws its legitimacy from respecting basic rights and procedural fairness... Read more behind a paywall here.






I have related sad news to report. Today, on local morning talk radio, I heard a new guy phone in on-air. Didn't catch his name, but he included a segment about so-called "vaccine hesitancy", and the so-called "measles outbreak" in Washington State. His "facts" were presented in a VERY BIASED, skewed manner, and he left out a lot of OTHER relevant facts. He went on and on about the history of *THAT* English scandal of 1998 - early 2000's. (He never actually said the name, "Dr. Wakefield", which is interesting in itself.) He went on about the "12 cases", and the spurious charges and case against him.
He prattled about "herd immunity". And the *38* cases of measles, omitting that NOBODY HAS DIED, or is likely to. He said "most" of the cases WERE VAXXED, but didn't point out that some who WERE VAXXED, still got measles ANYWAY! We're being PROPAGANDIZED, and MANIPULATED, and LIED to, and SCAMMED. We are NOT getting FULL and ACCURATE information.

Jonathan Rose

I agree wholeheartedly with the New York Times. "Encouraging citizens to participate in oversight and formalizing ways they can report any violations of safety standards" sounds like an excellent idea, in both China and the rest of the world. And we should adopt the Times headline as our own.

And by the way, Bob, Tucker Carlson is an occasional exception to the media blackout about vaccine safety. He has had RFK Jr. on his show.

Bob Moffit

I am an avid watcher of FOXNEWS and their coverage of vaccines is probably their biggest flaw .. it being the ONE subject that is NEVER given even anything remotely resembling FAIR AND BALANCED. It is ALWAYS ONESIDED .. WITH NO VOICE GIVEN TO ANYONE TO CHALLENGE THE SO-CALLED PHARMACEUTICAL "EXPERTS" WHO PONTIFICATE ON THE URGENT NEED FOR VACCINATIONS WHENEVER THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO ARISES .. LATELY .. THAT WOULD BE MEASLES.

This is the same network that covers CHINA'S "unfair trade policies" with much vigor and enthusiasm . yet .. I haven't heard one word about CHINA'S ONGOING LOSS OF SUPPORT FOR VACCINES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO BE UNSAFE?


Angus Files

Some more on here the Chinese population will move to Hong Kong and going by what I can see China is more liberal than the UK...mmmm

Pharma For Prison


Gary Ogden

I agree that both the PRC government and the U.S. government (and the U.K. government, for that matter) are unfit to rule for this reason.

Kyles mom

I hatr to say this but my guess is that the only reason they published this is that US pharma possibly wants to sell vaccines to China.

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