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Foreign diplomats visit Sinopharm vaccine facility in Beijing


A group of foreign ambassadors and diplomats from 20 countries and world organizations paid a visit on #Tuesday to the #Beijing facilities of #China #National #Biotec #Group (CNBG), which is affiliated with #Sinopharm, the leading #Chinese vaccine developer.

#That comes after #Sinopharm filed for its COVID-19 vaccine to get approval for an official rollout across the country. The #Middle #Eastern nations of #Bahrain and the #United #Arab #Emirates (UAE) gave the green light for general use of the vaccine earlier this month.

The diplomats were shown around #Sinopharm’s vaccine production base and exhibition hall to get a glimpse of the production process and learn more about the results of clinical trials.

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“#It’s of course on the cutting edge of technology in terms of producing COVID-19 vaccine,” said #Raja #Nushirwan Z. A., #Malaysian ambassador to #China, whose country is in negotiations with #China to secure vaccine supplies. “#And once these talks are finalized, I’m sure we look forward to receiving these vaccines from #China as soon as possible,” said the ambassador.

#At least 10 countries, with some 60,000 volunteers, have been taking part in late-stage clinical trials for the #Sinopharm jab. The UAE has declared it to be 86 percent effective against COVID-19.

“#We are very confident that the #Sinopharm vaccine will be successful and we heard today that there’s no side effects or severe side effects after vaccination,” said acting ambassador of the #Sri #Lankan embassy in #China K. K. #Yoganaadan. The southern #Asian country is also said to be in talks with #Chinese companies, including #Sinopharm and #Sinovac, on efficacy, transportation and other relative issues so as to get vaccines to #Sri #Lanka.

#Some 60 countries have already requested supplies of #Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine. The pharmaceutical company has announced plans to expand its production capacity to one billion vaccine doses in 2021 that can be distributed under regular storage and transportation conditions.

#Liu #Jingzhen, chairman of #Sinopharm, said the firm will follow #Chinese #President #Xi #Jinping’s commitment to making any COVID-19 vaccine it develops a “global public good,” with the price of the vaccine expected to be lower than it is back home.

The facility visit by foreign diplomats is being seen as a positive signal for stronger cooperation in the global fight against the pandemic. The diplomats said they appreciated #China’s proposals and efforts in supporting developing countries and multilateralism.

“#China surprised us from the first step in dealing with the pandemic. #Today, I found #China is doing its best producing a good vaccine. #This vaccine will be good not only for #China, but also for the whole world,” said #Faris #Al-Abidy of the embassy of the #Republic of #Yemen.

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#Magnus #Jorem, counselor of the #Norwegian embassy in #Beijing, emphasized the importance for the world – including the scientific communities, the governments and people – to come together in containing the pandemic.

“#We are already collaborating in really important ways with #China, through GAVI, the vaccine alliance, and through COVAX, and of course multilateral institutions like the WHO. I believe this will only continue and be increasingly important,” said the counselor.

“#It’s not just a question of vaccines,” said the #Malaysian ambassador to #China, pointing out that it is also about shaping the global scenario after COVID-19, including resuscitating global supply chains, trade, and people-to-people connections.

(CGTN’s #Lyu #Lingyu, #Wang #Peng and #Wang #Lei contributed to this story.)



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