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Friday, May 14, 2021, 20:19
Chinese vaccines effective against mutated COVID-19 strains
By Xinhua
Friday, May 14, 2021, 20:19 By Xinhua

Employees of Sinovac Life Sciences process CoronaVac vaccine vials on Feb 24. As of Feb 23, about 97 countries and regions have administered more than 208 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. (PHOTO BY CHEN XIAOGEN / FOR CHINA DAILY)

BEIJING - Chinese inactivated COVID-19 vaccines have proved effective against several mutated strains of COVID-19, a Chinese health expert said on Friday.

A Chinese health official said that it is a "pressing" task to step up COVID-19 vaccination across the country

According to research data, Chinese vaccines are effective against the mutated strains found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention expert Shao Yiming told a press conference.

China is capable of rapidly adjusting its vaccine development to ensure the vaccines' potency against mutated strains, said Shao, adding that vaccine producers are ready to do so to cope with new situations.

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Also on Friday, a Chinese health official said that it is a "pressing" task to step up COVID-19 vaccination across the country amid mounting risk of virus variation.

He Qinghua, an official with the National Health Commission (NHC), made the remarks at a press conference in Beijing.

 Citing statistics from the World Health Organization, He said that the variations of novel coronavirus are increasingly frequent.

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Citing statistics from the World Health Organization, He said that the variations of novel coronavirus are increasingly frequent.

Approximately 366.91 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across China as of Thursday, according to the NHC. 


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