(CNN) Hundreds of thousands of additional vaccines intended for children have been found to be faulty, the Chinese government announced Wednesday, raising the number of known defective vaccines in the country to almost one million.
In a statement, China’s State Council announced a second batch of diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT) vaccines, produced by Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology, had been discovered to be “substandard” — 247,200 injections in total.
The vast majority had been sold to provincial authorities in Shandong, in China’s northeast, and some had already been administered to children, the statement said. But it insisted that other than being ineffective they were not dangerous in any way.
In November, the government announced that another 253,338 DPT vaccines produced by the same company were defective, as well as more than 400,000 doses produced by a separate company, the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.
The spiraling vaccine crisis came to a head in July when thousands of angry parents took to Chinese social media to vent their outrage at the defective medication.
“My home country, how can I trust you? You just let me down again and again,” one user said.
The Chinese government, including President Xi Jinping, pledged quick action following the backlash, including an immediate investigation.