A scary story in MedPage Today about the lax oversite in vaccine factories.
This is something we’ve been very loathe to admit in general, that is, acknowledge that for many reasons no one really knows much about the factories that produce our drugs and vaccines.
Most of them are overseas to begin with, and there are way way way too few inspectors to visit every facility, and in many cases, the factories are located in countries (I will say this as gently as I can) that are not exactly renowned for their rigor in sharing their productions practices and protocols with foreign inspectors.
So sure, a few overseas factories are inspected every year by North American-based standards inspectors but it’s a drop in the proverbial bucket.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that there is anything wrong with the quality or safety of the products these places produce.
It’s just that we really don’t know nearly as much about either standard – quality and safety – of too many of the things we eat, inject, or absorb in some other way.
Just in case you needed one more thing to worry about.