WHO approves China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

WHO approves China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker holds a dose of the Sinovac vaccine at a district health facility as Indonesia begins mass vaccination for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), starting with its healthcare workers, in Jakarta, Indonesia January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

GENEVA: The World Health Organization on Tuesday (Jun 1) approved the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use – the second Chinese jab to receive the WHO’s green light.

The UN health agency signed off on the Beijing-based firm Sinovac’s two-dose vaccine CoronaVac, which is already being deployed in several countries around the world.

“I’m happy to announce that the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine has been given WHO emergency use listing after being found to be safe, effective, and quality-assured,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference. “The easy storage requirements of CoronaVac make it very suitable for low-resource settings,” he added.

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