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WHO approves Sinopharm jab for emergency use

2021-05-07 HKT 23:35
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  • The WHO's approval paves the way for millions of doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to reach needy countries through the Covax programme. Photo: AP
    The WHO's approval paves the way for millions of doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to reach needy countries through the Covax programme. Photo: AP
The World Health Organisation announced on Friday it had approved a Covid-19 vaccine from China's state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm for emergency use.

The vaccine, one of two main Chinese shots that collectively have already been given to hundreds of millions of people in China and abroad, becomes the first Covid-19 shot developed by a non-Western country to win the WHO's backing.

It is also the first time the WHO has given emergency use approval to any Chinese vaccine for any infectious disease.

A WHO emergency listing is a signal to national regulators on a product's safety and efficacy, and would allow the shot to be included in Covax, the global programme to provide vaccines mainly for poor countries.

The WHO has previously given emergency approval to Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and, last week, Moderna. (Reuters)