BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders have fired two deputy provincial governors, a mayor and other officials after revelations of misconduct by the country's second-biggest maker of rabies triggered a public outcry.
The firings were announced Thursday following a meeting of the Communist Party's ruling Standing Committee led by President Xi Jinping.
Public anger erupted after documents leaked online showed regulators knew of misconduct by Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. but failed to take immediate action.
The company initially was revealed to have violated regulations on production of anti-rabies vaccine. Later disclosures showed the company blended expired fluid into vaccines.
The government announced two deputy governors of Jilin, the city where the drug maker is based, the mayor of Changchun and two other officials were dismissed.