China shows its COVID-19 vaccines for 1st time, displays vials at trade fair

08 Sept 2020

China shows its COVID-19 vaccines for 1st time, displays vials at trade fair

BEIJING About 90% of Sinovac Biotech Ltd employees and their families have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese firm under the country's emergency use program, its chief executive said on Sunday.

The extent of inoculations under the emergency program, which China launched in July but has released few details about, points to how actively it's using experimental vaccines within the hopes of protecting essential workers against a possible COVID-19 resurgence, whilst trials are still underway. The program is meant for specific groups, including medical staffers and people who work on food markets and within the transportation and repair sectors.

Data gathered from the program could offer evidence of the vaccine's safety, but such data, which isn't a part of the registered clinical test protocols, won't be used as main materials that regulators review in judging whether to approve the vaccine for commercial use, Yin said.