China’s acclaimed vaccines – DAWN.COM
From frontline workers to heads of state, more and more people around the world are praising and welcoming the Covid-19 vaccines made in China.
“Chinese vaccines have proven to be safe and reliable,” Lao Health Minister Bounkong Syhavong said on Monday after receiving Chinese-supplied Sinopharm vaccines in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on Monday.
At around the same time across the Pacific, Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti expressed gratitude to China by welcoming the arrival of the first 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China. Likewise, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera thanked China on January 28 and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his gratitude for the vaccine donation on Sunday.
Peru’s next vaccine delivery is expected to arrive in Lima this weekend, Sagasti said. Healthcare professionals, members of the armed forces, police, firefighters and health workers will be given priority for vaccination in the country, where 42,000 people have died from Covid-19.
Sinopharm’s vaccine and that of Chinese company Sinovac are at “very advanced stages” in the evaluation of the World Health Organization’s emergency listing process. China is honoring its commitment to making vaccines a global public good, as highlighted by President Xi Jinping, and has joined WHO’s global COVAX program to deliver 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
Chinese vaccines have been used to immunize millions of people in China as well as dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong Namhong noted on Sunday. .
“According to the information I have received, these vaccines have had efficacy and no serious side effects,” he said. “Many leaders of these countries have been voluntarily vaccinated with these Chinese vaccines.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday that China was providing vaccine assistance to 53 developing countries, including Pakistan. China has also exported vaccines or is in the process of exporting vaccines to 22 countries, he added.
Nawal Al-Kaabi, principal investigator of the phase three clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine in the United Arab Emirates, said the United Arab Emirates – along with Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan, where vaccines made in China are also being deployed – studying the long-term effects of the vaccine according to standard safety protocols.
Sinopharm vaccine is “the world’s first inactivated vaccine against Covid-19,” which essentially means that making this vaccine will be easier than that of its counterparts, said Al-Kaabi, also chair of the National Clinical Management Committee Covid-19.
“There have been no serious adverse reactions to the Sinopharm vaccine,” she said, adding that patients have shown minor side effects – “which is a good sign and means your immune system is responding properly” .
“Sinopharm’s inactivated vaccine can also be transported at normal refrigeration temperatures, making it suitable for less developed countries to transport and store it,” she added.
In Brazil, Andre Lobato, a researcher at the Center for International Relations of Fiocruz, a biological sciences research institute in Rio de Janeiro, expressed his appreciation for CoronaVac, the vaccine developed by Chinese Sinovac Biotech and partially manufactured in Brazil by the company based in Sao Paulo. Butantan Institute.
“Undeniably, the inactivated vaccine is a beacon of hope for the Brazilian people,” Lobato said. Since January 17, around 3.5 million people have been vaccinated with Sinovac. “Skepticism about Chinese vaccines is being demolished by facts, solidarity and need.”
Namhong from Cambodia stressed that Covid-19 vaccines should not be a controversial issue between countries and producers, but should be used to keep people safe around the world, especially in developing countries.
In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag on Sunday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Austria was ready to produce Russian and Chinese Covid-19 vaccines if they were registered by the European Medicines Agency.
“When it comes to vaccines, what matters is effectiveness, safety and rapid access, not geopolitical conflicts,” Kurz said.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, during talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Friday, also stressed that “the coronavirus vaccine is not a political issue but a safety issue, so the origin the vaccine also cannot be a political issue. ”Hungry endorsed the Chinese and Russian vaccines.
Earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed their openness to due process for EU approval of Chinese and Russian vaccines. with “all data”.
A comment posted on the New York Times website on February 5 called for a change in attitude towards Chinese vaccines.
Indian and Malaysian experts who co-authored the opinion piece said: “They too are working and can help fill shortages everywhere.”
Sergio Held in Cajica, Colombia, and Xinhua contributed to this report.
This article was originally published on China Daily and has been reproduced with permission.