It is estimated that about 6,500 people have received the vaccine in question for three days after receiving a report that white particles were found in the flu vaccine.
According to data received from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by National Assembly Health and Welfare Committee member Chung Chun-sook (Democratic Party), citizens who received the vaccine in question from the 6th of this month when white particles were found in the flu vaccine to the 9th of the announcement These were 6,479 people.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety received a report that white particles were found in a flu vaccine at a public health center located in Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do at 2 pm on the 6th.
After that, we conducted emergency inspections on vaccines, on-site inspections of manufacturers, cold chain (refrigerated distribution) analysis, and expert advice until the afternoon of the 9th.
However, this was notified to the public until 6 pm on the 9th.
Rep. Chung said at the National Assembly Health and Welfare Committee's state audit held today (13th), "The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety can say that there is no problem with safety, but I think it has lost public trust," he said. "Rather, we had to inform the public first and take the rest. I think it's not that."
He then emphasized, "I said that when a certain injection drug and the injector met (there was a problem), but I don't know why. This part should be confirmed and explained."
Food and Drug Administration Minister Lee Eui-kyung responded, "What we took a few days after the problem was based on the judgment that there was no safety concern at the initial stage, but there are regrets."
He added, "I should have told the public about the (subsequent) measures, scope, and level, but I did various investigations in order to accurately tell you," he added. "I will do my best to restore the trust of the KFDA through this incident." .
Earlier, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety explained that "the type of white particles could not be determined from the photos submitted by the public health center, and the verification process took time because it was not possible to determine whether the problem was limited to the public health center."
In addition, "(in the case of vaccines with white particles found), there is no damage to the sealed packaging, so it is not external contamination, but aggregation of internal substances. Most of the fine particles identified in the 37℃ condition (exposed to room temperature) were proteins. I emphasized again that there is no
He said, "In 2012, in the case of white particle detection of Novartis' influenza vaccine, there was no concern about the safety of endogenous proteins."
(Photo = Provided by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, Yonhap News)