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Former deputy head of China’s drug regulator sentenced to 16 years in prison

Health

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wu Zhen, a former deputy head of China’s food and drug regulator, was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Chinese court, state television reported on Friday.

Wu is one of the senior officials from the regulator who has been under investigation after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd.

The company was accused last year of falsifying data for a rabies vaccine and manufacturing an ineffective vaccine for babies, sparking widespread consumer anger.

Reporting by Lusha Zhang and Ryan Woo; Editing by Mark Potter