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Not everyone in China will need vaccine
Published on: 2020-09-14
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vaccine 01China will not need a sweeping coronavirus vaccination programme because the pathogen is effectively under control in the country – at least for now, according to China’s disease prevention chief.

Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Sunday that large-scale vaccination for Covid-19 would only be needed if there was a major outbreak, like the one in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in February.

He said it would be a waste to vaccinate everyone when the coronavirus had largely been wiped out within China’s borders.

China reported 10 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, all of which were imported.

The CDC chief said the first batch of vaccines should be given to frontline medical and epidemic prevention workers, followed by security, cleaning and catering staff and civil servants working in crowded places.

vaccine 02But if there was another big outbreak like the one in Wuhan, then there should be “large-scale vaccination of residents”, he said.

About 200 groups of medical researchers around the world are working on a vaccine for Covid-19. Developers in China are pursuing four types of technologies – inactivated, virus-vectored, mRNA and recombinant protein.

Several developers in the country are preparing for mass production despite the vaccine candidates still undergoing clinical trials.

China said last week that it had already inoculated hundreds of thousands of people under “emergency use authorisation” granted to three vaccine candidates after they completed phases 1 and 2 of trials, and said there had been no adverse effects so far.

In July, Gao was injected with one of the candidates to boost public confidence in the research.

And while the epidemic has waned, the coronavirus has not been completely stamped out in China.

国内暂时没必要大规模接种新冠疫苗

9月12日,以“疫苗创新与公众健康”为主题的首届大湾区疫苗峰会在深圳举办。中国疾控中心主任高福在会后接受媒体专访时,对当前新冠疫苗研发、中国疫情防控的成功经验、疫苗接种应分层进行等进行了阐述。当前世界多国都在紧锣密鼓地进行新冠疫苗的研发,国内的数支疫苗研发也取得非常积极的进展,不过,高福表示,在当前国内疫情得到有效控制的情况下,现有的疫苗还没有到普通人大规模接种的阶段。

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