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Saturday, January 09, 2021, 15:39
Virus: 4m CNBG vaccine doses administered in emergency use
By Reuters
Saturday, January 09, 2021, 15:39 By Reuters

A China National Biotec Group (CNBG) vaccine candidate for COVID-19 coronavirus is on display at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing on Sept 6, 2020. (PHOTO / BLOOMBERG)

BEIJING - More than 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from China National Biotec Group (CNBG) have been administered as of Jan 4 via China’s emergency use program, the company’s parent firm said late on Thursday.

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Two vaccines respectively from two institutes owned by CNBG, a unit of state-backed China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), are included in China’s emergency vaccination scheme, which was officially started in July targeting specific groups of people facing a high infection risk.

No serious adverse reaction was reported in large-scale emergency use of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccines.

 Sinopharm 

 “No serious adverse reaction was reported in large-scale emergency use of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccines,” Sinopharm said on Chinese social media WeChat. 

A total of 72,000 people have been overseas after receiving China’s emergency jabs, including around 40 percent of more than 5,000 staffers on one Chinese firm’s Pakistan-based project, Sinopharm said.

None of the vaccinated diplomats, international organization representatives or employees at Chinese firms, who went to countries of high virus risk, contracted the COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus, despite their close contact with infected locals, Sinopharm said.

The firm did not break down the number of doses for each of the two vaccines used in the emergency program.

Aside from CNBG’s two vaccines, China’s emergency use program also includes a potential shot from Sinovac Biotech. A fourth candidate from CanSino Biologics was approved for use in Chinese military personnel.

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The vaccine from CNBG’s unit Beijing Institute of Biological Products was approved in China for broader use among the general public last year. The two-dose regimen is 79.34 percent effective against the disease, according to interim analysis from late-stage clinical trials overseas.

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