Badiucao (巴丢草)：Let Daddy Xi Get Inoculated First
Badiucao responds to the recent scandal over the distribution of illegal vaccinations by showing Xi Jinping with his pants down:
Let Daddy Xi Get Inoculated First, by Badiucao for CDT:
Many parents in China are furious at revelations that a criminal ring sold and distributed up to two million doses of improperly stored vaccines in 24 provinces since 2010, and that the government waited almost a year before telling the public. While expired or improperly stored vaccines may not pose an immediate health threat, according to the WHO, they become ineffective in protecting against the often-deadly diseases they were intended to prevent. Charlie Campbell reports for TIME:
According to state media, a mother and daughter from eastern China’s Shandong province have been caught peddling 25 kinds of unrefrigerated vaccines — including for polio, mumps, rabies, hepatitis B, encephalitis and meningococcal diseases — to medical facilities across 24 Chinese provinces since 2010.
Inflaming the public backlash, authorities had apparently known about the case since last April, though only publicized the news late Friday in a belated attempt to trace potential victims. Moreover, the elder suspect, a 47-year-old woman surnamed Pang, had apparently been convicted of the same offense in 2009 but only received a suspended sentence. State media admitted the compromised inoculations could have resulted in paralysis and even death.
“Twenty-four provinces, five years already, and how many children! It’s been nearly a year and then they reveal this! Isn’t this genocide? Words cannot express how angry I am!” posted one user of China’s Twitter-like microblog Weibo, reports the BBC. [Source]
Badiucao’s title alludes to an incident in 1994 when schoolchildren attending a theater performance in Karamay, Xinjiang, were told to stay in their seats when a fire broke out in order to “let the leaders leave first.” Twenty-five leaders were saved that day while 325 people died, including 288 children. That phrase has since become a popular Internet meme used when leaders are seen as putting their own needs above those of the people. The title also references a popular nickname for Xi.
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