A state-controlled company Sinopharm said its candidate had a 79 percent efficacy rate in the interim late-stage trials. A volunteer received the Sinopharm vaccine during a trial at the Clinical Studies Center of the Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, in December 2020.
Chinese company Sinopharm launches new vaccine
A Chinese pharmaceutical company stated that an analysis of its corona virus vaccines was effective. An announcement that sent a positive signal for the global rollout of Chinese vaccines. But the vaccines have been said to lack crucial details. The company Sinopharm stated that a vaccine candidate made by its Beijing Institute of Biological Products arm had an efficacy rate of 79 percent. An interim analysis of phase 3 trials. The company said it had applied with Chinese regulators to allow the vaccine to be used on a large scale. The results are expected to raise claims that Chinese officials have made in times that the vaccines are safe and effective. But without the government’s official approval and the authorities have already moved ahead with mass vaccinations, while defying industry criteria. The plan is to vaccinate 50 million people in China by mid-February 2021. This is around the period hundreds of millions are expected to travel for the Lunar New Year holiday.
Analysis of the Sinopharm’s Vaccine
Sinopharm’s announcement failed to provide a breakdown of results and questions unanswered. This is in addition to a lack of clarity that has followed China’s coronavirus vaccine development for months. China’s drive to create a vaccine within the country says a lot about its technological and diplomatic endeavors. Therefore, a vaccine that becomes successful will support China’s claim as a peer and rival other developed countries in biomedical services like the United States. Although the vaccine has a 50 percent level threshold which makes a vaccine effective in the opinion of the medical establishment. The results from the Sinopharm vaccine shows that it is less effective than those approved in other countries.