Oct 26, 2018 Human Rights Comments Off on Discolored flu vaccine found to be isolated problem: MOHW
Taipei, A vial of discolored flu vaccine found recently in the inventory of a Taipei hospital's vaccination station was an isolated case and will not affect the overall supply, the head of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said Friday.
Speaking at a legislative hearing, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (???) said a meeting of experts earlier Friday came to an initial conclusion that the suspicious vaccine was a one-off incident.
People First Party Legislator Chou Chen Hsiu-hsia (????) questioned the experts' assessment, saying it was dangerous to jump to the conclusion that it was an isolated problem without finding the real cause of the matter.
Chen replied that it was a preliminary assessment based on an examination of other vaccines from the same batch that found no other vials with the same problem, but he did say that the problem vaccine has been sent to the manufacturer to find the cause of the problem.
The MOHW said in a statement later in the day that up to 190,000 vials from the same batch of vaccine will not be administered until the source of the problem has been discovered.
The supply of flu vaccine will not be affected, however, because other batches of the vaccine are available, it said.
Health authorities received the report of the suspicious vaccine vial on Thursday after hospital workers noticed Wednesday that what should have been a clear liquid had turned into a brown coffee color, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement Friday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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