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China gives approval for Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine

Reuters/Beijing
Filed on December 31, 2020
An employee works on Covid-19 detection kits in a laboratory of the Chinese company Biotech & Biomedicine Group in Shenyang, in northeastern China's Liaoning province. — AFP

UAE was the first country to roll out Sinopharm vaccine to the public.


China has given conditional approval for general public use to a Covid-19 vaccine developed by China National Biotec Group (CNBG), an official with China’s National Medical Products Commission told a media briefing on Thursday.

The approval is the first for general public use among a handful of Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidates in various stages of development. China has given conditional approval for general public use for a Covid-19 vaccine developed by state-owned drug maker Sinopharm, an official with China’s National Medical Products Administration told a media briefing on Thursday.

The approval of the vaccine developed by Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group (CNBG) affiliate is the first for general public use among a handful of Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidates in various stages of trials.

China could grant conditional approval for vaccines that are yet to complete clinical trials if the vaccine is deemed urgently needed to cope with major public health emergencies and its benefits outweigh the risks, Chen Shifei, an official with National Medical Products Administration, told the briefing.

No detailed efficacy data of the vaccine has been publicly released, but a Beijing unit of CNBG said on Wednesday that its vaccine is 79.34 per cent effective in preventing people from the disease based on interim data.

The approval comes after the UAE became the first country earlier this month to roll out the Sinopharm vaccine to the public.

While China has been slower than several other countries in approving Covid-19 vaccines, it has been inoculating its citizens for months with three different shots still undergoing late-stage trials.





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