State media claims China’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective

State media claims China’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective


China has jumped on the COVID-19 vaccine good news bandwagon – announcing that its jab has a similar efficacy rate as the one announced by Pfizer last week, according to a report.

The state-run Global Times and China Central TV on Monday cited one of China’s top coronavirus experts, Zhong Nanshan, who said the country’s vaccine was about 90 percent effective, Newsweek reported.

But the efficacy rate will not be publicly released “until the results of the first phase of trials are available,” the outlets said in social media, according to the mag.

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The news from Beijing comes amid similar announcements by two US pharma firms, Moderna and Pfizer, which have reported efficacy rates of nearly 95 percent and 90 percent, respectively.

In Russia, meanwhile, the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow has announced that its Sputnik V shot had a 92 percent efficacy rate.

China is developing several vaccines, of which five are undergoing large-scale

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