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China’s coronavirus vaccine administered to a million people: Official

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A Covid-19 vaccine which has been developed by a state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company on Thursday confirmed that it has been administered to about a million people under the government’s emergency use scheme.

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A coronavirus vaccine which has been developed by a state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company on Thursday confirmed that it has been administered to about a million people under the government’s emergency use scheme, the company’s chairman said.

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“In terms of emergency use, the vaccines were applied to nearly a million people and there has not been a single case of a serious adverse event. People have had only mild symptoms,” news agency PTI quoted chairman of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) Liu Jingzhen.

His comments come at a time when Chinese companies have been condemned for publicising the clinical data of its vaccine studies. Besides the recipients of the Sinopharm jabs, authorities in Zhejiang said they had made a coronavirus vaccine developed by the privately owned pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotec available to high-risk groups in the east China province under the emergency use scheme, as reported by PTI.

The coronavirus vaccine named CoronaVac, was developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical producer Sinovac Biotech. The vaccine was tested in randomised, double-blind and placebo-controlled phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials involving more than 700 healthy adults aged 18 to 59.

(With PTI inputs)

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