Chi­na Fo­cus: Chi­na to ma­ke CO­VID­19 vac­ci­ne glo­bal pu­blic good: of­fi­ci­al

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BEIJING ­­ Chi­na will ma­ke its CO­VID­19 vac­ci­ne a glo­bal pu­blic good when it is rea­dy for ap­pli­ca­ti­on af­ter suc­ces­sful re­search and cli­ni­cal tri­als, a se­ni­or Chi­ne­se of­fi­ci­al said Sun­day.

Wang Zhi­gang, mi­nis­ter of sci­en­ce and tech­no­lo­gy, said at a press con­fe­ren­ce in Beijing that in­ter­na­ti­o­nal coo­p­e­ra­ti­on should be streng­the­ned in vac­ci­ne de­vel­op­ment, cli­ni­cal tri­als and ap­pli­ca­ti­on. Vac­ci­ne de­vel­op­ment should fo­cus on en­su­ring sa­fe­ty, ef­fec­ti­ve­ness, and ac­ces­si­bi­li­ty, Wang said. Chi­na is cur­rent­ly de­vel­o­ping CO­VID­19 vac­ci­nes in fi­ve ca­te­go­ries ­­ in­ac­ti­va­ted vac­ci­nes, re­com­bi­nant pro­tein vac­ci­nes, li­ve at­tenu­a­ted in­flu­en­za vac­ci­nes, adeno­vi­rus vac­ci­nes, and nu­cleic acid-ba­sed vac­ci­nes,

Wang no­t­ed.

To da­te, four in­ac­ti­va­ted vac­ci­nes and one adeno­vi­rus vac­ci­ne ha­ve been ap­pro­ved for cli­ni­cal tri­als, said a whi­te pa­per tit­led “Figh­ting CO­VID­19: Chi­na in Ac­ti­on,” which was re­lea­sed by the Sta­te Coun­cil In­for­ma­ti­on Of­fi­ce on Sun­day. Whi­le sci­en­tists in Chi­na and abroad ha­ve kept up with mu­tu­al de­vel­op­ments, Chi­na leads the world in the de­vel­op­ment of cer­tain ty­pes of vac­ci­nes, the whi­te pa­per said. A gre­at deal of in­ter­na­ti­o­nal coo­p­e­ra­ti­on had been car­ried out so far on vac­ci­ne de­vel­op­ment, Wang said. High­ligh­ting the sig­ni­fi­cant role that vac­ci­nes had play­ed in hu­man his­to­ry, Wang said both Chi­ne­se sci­en­tists and tho­se in other coun­tries are trying to ma­ke con­tri­bu­ti­ons to buil­ding a glo­bal com­mu­ni­ty of he­alth for all. He howe­ver no­t­ed that the de­vel­op­ment of vac­ci­nes is a ri­gorous and com­plex pro­ce­du­re, which fa­ces ma­ny un­cer­tain­ties and may ta­ke a long pe­ri­od of ti­me. Vice Fo­reign Mi­nis­ter Ma Zha­oxu said at the press con­fe­ren­ce that Chi­na has par­ti­ci­pa­ted in an in­ter­na­ti­o­nal col­la­bo­ra­ti­on ini­ti­a­ti­ve laun­ched by the World He­alth Or­ga­ni­za­ti­on to ac­ce­le­ra­te the de­vel­op­ment of vac­ci­nes and me­di­ci­nes for CO­VID­19. Chi­na will ful­fill its pro­mi­se to pro­vi­de the world with a sa­fe, ef­fec­ti­ve, and high-qua­li­ty vac­ci­ne when it is rea­dy, and help ma­ke the vac­ci­ne ac­ces­si­ble to and af­for­da­ble for de­vel­o­ping coun­tries, Ma stres­sed. (Xin­hua)

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