fredag 5. februar 2021

Coronavirus: France’s Emmanuel Macron warns of Chinese vaccine risks

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Thursday about the lack of information about China’s coronavirus vaccines, saying they might even encourage the development of variants if they are not effective. Speaking to the Atlantic Council think-tank, Macron conceded that China’s early “diplomatic successes” in distributing vaccines to other countries could be seen as “a little bit humiliating for us as (Western) leaders”.

But he warned that the efficacy of a jab from Sinopharma or Sinovac was unknown because “absolutely no information” has been shared about trials. “What it means is that in the medium to long run it is almost sure that if this vaccine is not appropriate it will facilitate the emergence of new variants, it will absolutely not fix the situation of these countries,” he said.