Chinese authorities are hunting 300 people suspected of illegally selling deadly, spoiled vaccines, in what could be the country's biggest case of its kind.
Late on Friday authorities issued a public notice of the identities of the suspects, who are thought to have been involved a vaccine trading ring worth as much as 570 million yuan ($88 million), state media reported.
The authorities called on the public to help track down the dealers involved, the reports said.
According to Xinhua News Agency, the suspects sold compromised vaccines, which were neither adequately refrigerated for storage nor transported in approved conditions, to hospitals and disease control centers in at least 24 provinces and municipalities, including Beijing, where they were used over a number of years
The vaccines had the potential to cause disability or death, Xinhua reported.