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In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed

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Reuters9/16/2020 10:28 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed
China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines, despite incomplete trials
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China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite expert concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing.

China launched a vaccine emergency use programme in July, offering three experimental shots developed by a unit of state pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and US-listed Sinovac Biotech. A fourth COVID-19 vaccine being developed by CanSino Biologics was approved for use by the Chinese military in June.

Aiming to protect essential workers and reduce the likelihood of a resurgence, the vaccines are also grabbing attention in the global scramble by governments to secure supplies, potentially helping reframe China’s perceived role in the pandemic.

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