søndag 27. september 2020

China says it got WHO support for coronavirus vaccine emergency use

China gained the "understanding and support" from the World Health Organization before starting a controversial emergency use program for its Covid-19 vaccine candidates, a Chinese health official said Friday. China has been administering experimental coronavirus vaccines to hundreds of thousands of people since July under an emergency use program approved by the Chinese government, before their safety and efficacy have been fully proven by clinical trials. 

Some experts and vaccine developers in the West have warned against the premature authorization of coronavirus vaccines before last-stage trials are completed. Zheng Zhongwei, an official with China's National Health Commission, said Friday that China's cabinet, the State Council, approved a trial plan for the emergency use of Covid-19 vaccines at the end of June. "After the approval, we communicated and informed the relevant representatives from the WHO office in China and gained the understanding and support of the WHO," he told a news conference.