Instead, it sparked a storm of criticism against Duterte: for choosing a vaccine not yet approved by the country’s regulators.
Duterte’s rough view of Sinopharm’s traits highlights the regulatory bar that Chinese vaccines face in the absence of emergency approval by the World Health Organization (WHO), although the features have been approved for use in dozens of countries.
A WHO endorsement may finally boost confidence in Chinese vaccines, which have long faced concerns about efficacy rates and a lack of transparency regarding clinical trial data.
The features of Sinopharm and Sinovac are inactivated vaccines, which have a lower efficacy than mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. And, unlike their Western counterparts, the two Chinese companies have not released full data from their latest clinical studies conducted around the world, which have received criticism from scientists and health experts.
According to Sinopharm and Sinovac, their vaccines obtained different efficacy results in trials conducted in different countries, but all exceeded the WHO 50% efficacy threshold for emergency approval.
Its approval could be timely for COVAX, the WHO-supported global initiative to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines. In recent weeks, it has faced a severe shortage of supplies from India, which halted the export of the AstraZeneca vaccine amid its Covid-19 crisis.
Because COVAX can only distribute WHO-approved vaccines, Chinese vaccines have not yet been included in its portfolio. Instead, you should rely on Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Covishield Serum Institute of India, Johnson & Johnson, Modern, which are in high demand.
Instead, China has been making its own vaccine donations through bilateral agreements with different countries, including the Philippines, an effort experts say is guided more by China’s strategic interests than by the needs of the most vulnerable countries.
Undoubtedly, WHO approval will increase Beijing’s vaccination diplomacy. But more importantly, it should help provide better protection against Covid-19 in countries with more needs.
- Volunteer teams respond to Covid SOS calls from sick and dying Indians to provide oxygen supplies, fans, hospital beds.
- China is not satisfied with Australia, but it cannot break its dependence on the country’s iron ore.
- Covid fears spread across Everest, as climbers risk infection to reach the top of the world.
- Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, jailed activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to ten months for his involvement in a unauthorized rally to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre last year.
China’s business: cinemas show old propaganda films. Will Hollywood lose?
Chinese moviegoers revolted last month after major ticketing sites across the country stopped quietly promoting screenings for the re-release of the three “Lord of the Rings” films. At the same time, the films were disappearing, the films of decades ago that promoted the party and that the regulators favored flooded the theaters ’theaters.
The China Film Administration has ordered cinemas to screen at least two old films a week until the end of the year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
The China Film Administration has not released public statements calling for Hollywood films to be removed from theaters, but industry analysts and film enthusiasts were quick to blame regulators, who believed they were the obvious culprits. Many fans criticized the decision on social media and even pledged not to go to the movies.
And as the “Lord of the Rings” films finally return to theaters, analysts point out that the dust illustrates some of the major challenges Beijing faces in trying to instill party loyalty in young people and strengthen industries. such as film production.
– By Laura He
Cited and noted
“We have always understood the single system, the two-country agreement and we will continue to follow our policies there … One country, two systems, I should say.”
According to the report, global emissions reached 52 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2019, an increase of 11.4% in the last decade. Of this, China contributed 27% of total global emissions, more than double that of the US, the second highest emitter, with 11%. India ranks third, with 6.6% of global emissions, ahead of the European Union.
However, China still has a long way to go before it recovers the total amount of carbon that developed countries have spilled into the atmosphere. The report notes that “since 1750, members of the OECD bloc have emitted four times as much CO2 cumulatively as China.”
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Welcome back: A couple hugs outside Beijing Railway Station on the last Labor Day holiday on May 5, 2021. China is back to work completely on Friday.
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