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Beijing approves its first anti-Covid vaccine “under conditions”


#China announced #Thursday that it had approved “under conditions” the marketing of a first anti-Covid vaccine, specifying that nearly 5 million people at risk have already been administered different doses.

Che first vaccine, produced by #Sinopharm with the #Institute of #Biologics in #Beijing, is more than 79% effective, the pharmaceutical group announced on #Wednesday.

#Based on these results, “the #National #Medicines #Administration approved on #December 30 (…) #Sinopharm’s inactivated vaccine application (…) conditionally”, announced during a press conference a senior official of this organization, #Chen #Shifei.

#This type of conditional marketing allows the vaccine to be offered to the general public, when the analyzes of clinical trials have not yet been completed but indicate that the product is effective.

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#At the same press conference, #Deputy #Minister of #Health #Zeng #Yixin clarified that the authorization would make it possible to generalize the vaccination of groups at risk, namely the elderly and people suffering from underlying diseases.

“The third step will be to vaccinate the entire population,” he said.

#According to him, a vaccination “of 60% to 70%” of the 1.4 billion #Chinese will be necessary to ensure “the protection of the whole population”. The deputy minister pledged that the vaccine will be “provided free to all”.

#When questioned, officials did not provide any figures regarding #Chinese production capacity, simply indicating that vaccination would be optional.

#China, where the coronavirus appeared at the end of 2019, is trying to be at the global forefront of developing a vaccine. #At the cost of huge financial means, it has currently 14 tested on humans, including five in the final phase of testing (phase 3), including the one that has just been approved.

The #Asian giant has promised to make #Chinese vaccines “a global public good” offered at “a reasonable price” or even “offered”. The country has already started to deliver some nations like #Indonesia and the #United #Arab #Emirates.

#In #China, #Zeng said 3 million vaccinations had been carried out for people at risk since #December 15, without specifying which vaccines had been used.

#Only a few mild allergic reactions have been observed and authorities consider vaccines can be generalized, he said.

#Beijing, which has largely eradicated the epidemic on its territory, had carried out emergency vaccinations as of this summer, in particular to medical staff or to students and diplomats having to go abroad.

#More than a million and a half people had already been vaccinated.

“These 3 million, plus the 1.5 million, prove that our vaccines are safe,” assured the #Deputy #Minister of #Health.

#However, the efficacy rate of #Sinopharm’s vaccine is lower than those claimed by its competitors #Pfizer / #BioNTech (95%) and #Moderna (94.1%).

(AFP)





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