The foreign ministry in China announced on Wednesday that the country are proud to contribute 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the global vaccine sharing scheme which has been named as COVAX after three Chinese companies have applied to join the initiative for approval.
The COVAX scheme, is a scheme which has been backed up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and GAVI vaccine alliance and this initiative will start to start roll out vaccines to low-and middle-income nation in this month, with 2 billion of 3 billion doses expected to be delivered in the year, which will contribute to the eradication of the pandemic. China’s foreign ministry said that in January Sinovac Biotech, China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and CanSino Biologics have applied to join the scheme as they plan to contribute a helping hand to the nations that are in need of assistance.
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Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry in China, just announced the supply plan at a regular media briefing on Wednesday, without giving news outlets to much details regarding the project, but the intentions have been made clear. The three companies were not immediately available for comment.The WHO, which is reviewing the applications, could make decisions on vaccines made by Sinopharm and Sinovac in March at the earliest, according to a COVAX internal document seen by Reuters.
Vaccines from Sinopharm and Sinovac are already being rolled out in several countries, including Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Cansino’s vaccine is approved for use in China’s military. None of the three companies have released detailed efficacy data of their vaccines to the public yet, but limited early access to rival shots developed by Western drugmakers have prompted many developing countries to sign up for Chinese vaccines.