Sydney pharmacist jailed over vaccine supply granted bail ahead of appeal
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Sydney pharmacist jailed over vaccine supply granted bail ahead of appeal

A Sydney pharmacist jailed by a magistrate for illegally supplying cervical cancer vaccines for overseas export has been released on bail in the lead-up to her appeal.

A magistrate sentenced Katherine Gong, 35, to at least six months behind bars on November 28 for supplying 2432 doses of Gardasil 9, at a profit of about $30,000, for shipment to Hong Kong.

Sydney pharmacist Katherine Gong.

Sydney pharmacist Katherine Gong.Credit:Facebook

She had pleaded guilty to three counts of prohibition on wholesale supply of certain substances.

On Wednesday, District Court Judge Helen Syme released Gong from custody from Silverwater jail after her parents offered a $20,000 surety.

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She must also surrender her passport, among other conditions.

Judge Syme ordered a sentencing assessment report to indicate Gong's suitability for community service.

Gong, who operated a pharmacy in Mosman before her conviction, is set to appeal against her sentence in the District Court on January 23.

The court heard the appeal was being pressed on the grounds of financial hardship.

Angus Thompson is a reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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