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China approves its first homegrown coronavirus vaccine, developed by Sinopharm

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Chinese regulators have approved the country's first homegrown coronavirus vaccine, developed by state-owned pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, officials announced Thursday.

The approval comes a day after Sinopharm said its vaccine is 79.34% effective, citing interim analysis of Phase 3 clinical trials.

China has drastically scaled up its vaccine emergency use program in recent weeks. Since December 15, it has administered more than 3 million vaccine doses on "key groups" in the population, Zeng Yixin, vice-minister of China's National Health Commission, said at a news conference Thursday.

That's on top of the 1.5 million doses administered on "high-risk groups" by the end of November, Zeng added.
Among those inoculated, fewer than 0.1% developed a light fever, and about two people per million developed "relative serious adverse reactions" such as allergies, according to Zeng.

Beijing Biological Products Institute Co., a Sinopharm subsidiary, said in a statement published Wednesday that interim results show the Sinop(CNN)harm vaccine is safe and people who received two doses produced high-level antibodies.

But the statement gave no details on the data, such as the trial size, the number of infections in the trial and side effects.

Coronavirus vaccines developed by Sinopharm have already been administered to hundreds of thousands of people under a controversial emergency use program approved by the Chinese government.

By November, nearly 1 million people had received a Sinopharm vaccine, according to the company's chairman, though he didn't specify which of the company's two vaccines they had received.

Though few details were provided, the statement released Wednesday said the vaccine met the standards of the World Health Organization and China's own regulator, the National Medical Products Administration.

The Sinopharm vaccine is less effective than those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which have an efficacy rate of about 95%. Russia says its Sputnik V vaccine is 91% effective.

And the vaccine's efficacy rate of 79% is lower than the 86% announced by the United Arab Emirates for the same vaccine on December 9. The UAE based its results on an interim analysis of late-stage clinical trials conducted there from July. It has since approved the vaccine for public use.

The Sinopharm vaccine has a higher efficacy rate than the one developed by the UK's Oxford University and AstraZeneca, which averaged 70%. On Wednesday, the UK became the first country to approve that vaccine for public distribution.(CNN)

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  • Mendis Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:24 AM

    China has great Scientists and they have controlled the virus much better than all other countries. We should buy the Chinese Vaccines.

    Selvakumar Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:35 AM

    Which country base Sinopharm vaccines???, it's China base vaccines!!

    Jude Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:35 AM

    CHINA following the footsteps of Americans !! FIRST you create the problem then provide the solution !! Yeah!! Way to go dragons!!

    Jude Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:39 AM

    These guys got the formula, and the Vaccine should work like a charm !! YEAH!!

    Sylvia Thursday, 31 December 2020 12:25 PM

    Jude, you must see a Psychiatrist.

    Sumal Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:01 PM

    Yes I approve and endorse my own work. Acceptable for wonder of Asia.

    tilak Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:08 PM

    even face masks manufactured in China were rejected by some countries. Who in their right mind would get a vaccine from China

    suman Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:08 PM

    next will be China offers free vaccines to Sri Lanka

    Abroad Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:10 PM

    I have taken it - UAE It's Fine!

    Jagath Perera Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:23 PM

    A word of warning. These Chinese fellows are good at creating problems and then giving out the solution. What a way to earn money. Why does our molakarayas ger caught to their tactics. So we pay for problems and solutions. What a lot of fools we have including Premadasa. They are all out on their side wanting to place orders without any WHO or Health authority approval.

    Roshanaly Thursday, 31 December 2020 01:45 PM

    They have already developed the vaccine before releasing corona to the world.

    Lumbini Thursday, 31 December 2020 02:26 PM

    Those who created the problem now finding solutions. Can we ask China to buy our 'Paniya"?

    Chandu Thursday, 31 December 2020 02:51 PM

    Name it "Bat Vaccine" .......

    Good Luck Thursday, 31 December 2020 02:59 PM

    So we can hope for an emergency supply of Chinese vaccine as we normally prefer anything from China and it goes well with our immune system.

    vithura Friday, 01 January 2021 01:00 AM

    A vaccine for China virus!


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