China: COVID-19 vaccine will be available by November
Chinese will have access to locally produced coronavirus vaccines as early as November or December, according to a leading scientist at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
Clinical trials of several candidate vaccines are proceeding without incident, and in full swing large-scale preparations are underway for the launch of products into mass production, said Wu Guizhen, Chief Biosecurity Expert of the CDC on a program aired Monday night by state broadcaster CCTV.
«I joined the experimental group and was vaccinated against the coronavirus in April», – said wu. «I have been feeling pretty well in the last few months, nothing abnormal, although the vaccination process did cause some localized pain».
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 30 vaccine candidates are in clinical trials around the world. Of the nine that reached the final, third stage, five were developed in China..
Woo showed she was optimistic about the efficacy and safety of candidate vaccines.
«We expect them to remain effective for one to three years.… but results will need to be observed over a longer period of time».
Regarding mass production, Wu said experts were evaluating the capabilities of various facilities..
«Two factories have been approved and the third continues to be evaluated», – she said.
In an interview with CCTV last month, Zheng Zhongwei, Director of the Science and Technology Development Center of the National Health Commission, said China was introducing a potential locally produced COVID-19 vaccine to selected groups of workers, including medical personnel and border inspection personnel since July.
He said the vaccination program will be rolled out to reach people who have worked in transportation and services, as well as «wet markets» with the aim of creating «immunity barrier».
According to him, none of those who received the initial dose reported a fever, and only a few had any adverse reactions..
The news that the vaccine could be available in China in just two months comes after WHO warned on Monday of a possible resumption of the rise in the number of cases in October and November, after nearly 308,000 new cases were reported worldwide on Sunday. cases, which is the highest rate for the entire period of the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic.
«Collaboration is essential to contain the pandemic around the world», – said Wu.
President of China Xi Jinping promised at a WHO meeting in May that any Covid-19 vaccines developed in China would be «global public good» and will be available for all countries.
Beijing has offered a $ 1 billion loan to Latin America and the Caribbean to help them pay for vaccines, and said the Mekong countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – and African countries will be among the first to will receive.
Despite Beijing’s confidence in its products, the U.S. chief infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely America would use vaccines developed by China or Russia as their regulatory systems were much more opaque than those in the West.