BEIJING — The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday urged tighter regulation of privately sold vaccines in China as a scandal involving out-of-date immunisation fuels public outrage in the country’s latest safety scare.The case involves the illegal and improper storage, transport and sale of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of vaccines — many of them expired — reports say."The vaccines that are in the private sector need to be managed, stored, handled, distributed and used in accordance with recognised standards," Lance Rodewald, a WHO expert on immunisation, told a briefing."This is a very serious situation.... We take it seriously. We want to see the root causes identified so that remedies can be provided."Standard vaccines such as those for polio, hepatitis B and measles are mandatory for all children in China and are supplied by the state, while parents can opt to buy additional immunisations privately such as those for meningitis, influenza or rotavirus.China’s public va...

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