Social-media users expressed anger and disillusionment at the country’s seeming lack of regard for children’s safety—a problem that has recurred over and over since the 2008 tainted-milk scandal. ”If someone wants to have children, she should work hard and go abroad to give birth. Don’t let children grow up in this land. Otherwise, you’ll be sorry to you children. There was toxic milk powder, then the RYB kindergarten scandal, now toxic vaccines, what’s next?!” one user wrote on (link in Chinese) social media site Weibo.

The RYB scandal refers to allegations of child abuse that broke out last year at an upscale, private kindergarten in Beijing, where parents found needle marks on their children, and later found that they were unable to discuss the incident due to government censorship. A teacher with the school was prosecuted in connection with the case.

Ziyi Tang contributed reporting.

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