China says World Health Organization gave blessing for coronavirus vaccine emergency use programme

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Medical experts have said it's better to hold clinical trials in the country to find out if a vaccine is safe and effective for Filipinos as results may vary per ethnicity.

China launched its emergency programme in July, having communicated with the WHO in late June, according to Mr Zheng Zhongwei, a National Health Commission official.

COVID-19 vaccines developed by China's Sinovac Biotech demonstrated at this year's China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China, September 3. Around 90 per cent of SinoVac's staff have also received it. With the increasing number of Coronavirus cases across countries, there is a dire need for vaccines to be developed as soon as possible.

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The researchers said more details on safety and effectiveness will follow when the study is completed.

Recently, China allowed "emergency use" of vaccine candidates for in danger populaces like border personnel and medical laborers if organizations could show "good safety and good antibodies" from trial of around 1,000 individuals, Yin said.

Officially dubbed Ad26.COV2.S, the J&J vaccine was given to 1,000 healthy adults as part of the Phase-1/2 trial backed by the USA government. Around 2,000 potential volunteers have signed up for challenge studies in the United Kingdom through the US-based group 1Day Sooner, campaigning for Covid-19 trials, and are expected to be paid a few thousand pounds for signing up to the upcoming trials, according to the newspaper.

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The rush by President Trump to get a vaccine for the coronavirus to the general public before the election is leaving many people feeling uneasy. The potency of the vaccine is extremely important, he said. "US government agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services are helping to fund the study, which is expected to cost about $480 million", reports the WSJ.

Dr Ryan said there was a "worrying" spike of COVID-19 infections across Europe, which have triggered local lockdowns.

The WHO faced stringent criticism especially from US President Donald Trump who accused it of being a puppet of China for not acting in time to halt the spread of the COVID-19 when it broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December past year.

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While emergency use may be the right path, Chinese companies are not being transparent about issues such as informed consent, said Joy Zhang, a professor who researches the ethical governance of emerging science at University of Kent in Britain.

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