Leicester Mercury

Chinese company setting up vaccine production lines


A STATE-OWNED Chinese company is setting up production lines to supply one billion doses of two possible coronaviru­s vaccines that are being tested on 50,000 people in 10 countries, its chairman has announced.

Testing by SinoPharm Group is

“in the last kilometre of a long march” Liu Jingzhen said at a news conference.

He gave no indication when results are expected.

China’s fledgling drug industry is part of a global race to produce a vaccine and has four candidates in the final stages of testing. Health experts say, however, that even if China succeeds, stringent certificat­ion rules in Europe, the United States and Japan might mean its vaccine can only be distribute­d in developing countries.

SinoPharm is testing two vaccines in countries including Egypt, Argentina, Jordan and Peru, Mr Liu said.

According to Mr Liu, production lines for vaccines are being set up in Beijing and Wuhan, the city in central China where the outbreak began in December.

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