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China authorizes its first COVID-19 vaccine conditionally


#Beijing — #China’s health authorities announced #Thursday that they conditionally approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by the state laboratory #Sinopharm.

#It is the first vaccine approved for general application in #China. The authorization was issued as the country carried out a vaccination campaign of 50 million people ahead of the important celebration of the #Lunar #New #Year in #February.

#Chen #Shifei, deputy commissioner of the #China #National #Medical #Products #Administration, told a news conference on #Thursday that the decision was made the day before.

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The vaccine was developed by the #Beijing #Institute of #Biological #Products, a subsidiary of the state conglomerate #Sinopharm. The company announced #Wednesday that according to preliminary information from the last stage of testing, the vaccine is 79.3% effective.

#Definitive proof of its effectiveness will depend on more data being published.

#Sinopharm is one of at least five #Chinese developers competing globally to create vaccines against the disease that has killed more than 1.8 million people around the world.

The conditional authorization means that investigations continue, and that authorities can request more information on the safety and effectiveness of certain populations with different health profiles, said #Tao #Lina, a former government immunologist.

#Generally, the term means that a drug or product in question might be restricted to certain age groups, he noted.

#Authorities declined to mention a particular price. “#Of course it will be at the limit of what a person can pay,” said #Zheng #Zhongwei, an official with the #National #Health #Commission.

The #Beijing #Institute’s vaccine is already being manufactured on a large scale, although the authorities did not respond to questions about current production capacity.

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“#Production capacity is a dynamic and continuous process,” said #Mao #Junfeng, deputy director of the #Department of #Consumer #Products #Industry at the #Ministry of #Industry and #Information #Technology.



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