China administers nearly 500 m COVID-19 vaccine doses | Daily News

China administers nearly 500 m COVID-19 vaccine doses

A medical worker administers a dose of the recombinant COVID-19 vaccine (adenovirus type 5 vector) which requires only one shot to a resident at a vaccination site in Haidian District of Beijing, China on Sunday. - XINHUA
A medical worker administers a dose of the recombinant COVID-19 vaccine (adenovirus type 5 vector) which requires only one shot to a resident at a vaccination site in Haidian District of Beijing, China on Sunday. - XINHUA

CHINA: More than 497.27 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China, the National Health Commission said, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 18 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Monday.

As at May 17, 2021 China had administered a total of 406.938 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

China’s daily output of COVID-19 vaccines had reached over 5 million doses, more than tripling the 1.5 million-dose daily production rate as at February 1, 2021 Xinhua said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, With the world facing acute shortage in COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organization ’s (WHO) nod for global use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine provides a huge relief.

On May 7, the World Health Organisation announced its approval for emergency use a COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Government-owned drugmaker Sinopharm, greenlighting it to be rolled out globally.

A WHO backing means that the vaccine is recognised as “safe and effective”. It also means the vaccine can be included in Covax, a WHO global programme to distribute vaccines mainly to the poor countries. The Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, which according to the WHO has an efficacy of about 79 percent for symptomatic and hospitalised disease for all age groups. - XINHUA