Coronavirus: Chinese Vaccine May Be Ready in November

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Coronavirus vaccines being developed in China may be available for use by the general public as early as November, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

China has 4 COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials. At least 3 of those have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use program launched in July.

Phase 3 clinical trials were proceeding smoothly and the vaccines could be ready for the general public in November or December, CDC chief biosafety expert Guizhen Wu said in an interview with state TV late on Monday.

Wu, who said she has experienced no abnormal symptoms in recent months after taking an experimental vaccine herself in April, did not specify which vaccines she was referring to.

A unit of state pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and US-listed Sinovac Biotech are developing the three vaccines under the state's emergency use program. A fourth COVID-19 vaccine being developed by CanSino Biologics was approved for use by the Chinese military in June - an agency reports.

Sinopharm, in July, said that its vaccine could be ready for public use by the end of this year after the end of Phase 3 trials.

Global vaccine makers are racing to develop an effective vaccine against the virus which has killed more than 925,000 people. Leading Western vaccine makers pledged earlier this month to uphold scientific study standards and reject any political pressure to rush the process.

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