Thursday, 21 January 2021

China shows off Covid-19 vaccines for first time

This file photo shows a staff member testing samples of a potential Covid-19 vaccine at a production plant of SinoPharm in Beijing. April 11, 2020. (Zhang Yuwei via Xinhua / AP)

BEIJING: China has put its homegrown coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time, as the country where the contagion was discovered looks to shape the narrative surrounding the pandemic.

High hopes hang on the small vials of liquid on show at a Beijing trade fair this week – vaccine candidates produced by Chinese companies Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm.

Neither has hit the market yet but the makers hope they will be approved after all-important phase 3 trials as early as year-end.

People at the trade fair crowded around booths showing the potential game-changing vaccines.

China, which is facing a storm of foreign criticism over its early handling of the pandemic, has been trying to repurpose the story of Covid-19.

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