Chinese vax firms prepare facilities for mass production

Beijing, Sep 6 : The Covid-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech has entered Phase-3 trial globally and the biopharma company displayed it during the ‘China International Fair for Trade in Services’ in Beijing this weekend.

The Sinovac vaccine has been in Phase-3 clinical trials since July.

Phase-1 and 2 trials have shown the vaccine to be safe and effective without serious side effects, reports CGTN.

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“After performing injections on over 1,000 volunteers, some only showed minor fatigue or discomfort, no more than 5 per cent,” Yin Weidong, chairman and CEO of Sinovac Biotech, was quoted as saying.

“Fever is a major index by which we evaluate a vaccine’s safety, limited to about 2 to 3 per cent. As for effectiveness, after two injections, almost all volunteers developed antibodies, around 97 to 98 per cent.”

To prepare for potential mass production, the company has reportedly built a 20,000 square metre production plant.

“Our facility has been designed to produce 300 million doses annually,” Yin said.

Along with Sinovac’s vaccine, China has three other Covid-19 vaccine candidates that have entered Phase-3 clinical trials.

The China National Pharmaceutical Group’s candidate vaccine, an inactivated type, entered Phase-3 trials in late June. The company said its facilities in Beijing and Wuhan can produce 2.2 million doses a year.

If things go well, these two vaccines are expected to enter the market by the end of this year, according to the vaccine developers.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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