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3 Chinese vaccine makers apply to join COVAX initiative

Chinese companies in contact with WHO on pre-qualification for emergency use listing, says Foreign Ministry

Riyaz Ul Khaliq   | 20.01.2021
3 Chinese vaccine makers apply to join COVAX initiative


Three Chinese vaccine manufacturers have applied for the global COVAX initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), authorities said on Wednesday.

Sinovac, Sinopharm, and CanSinoBio have submitted applications to join the initiative that aims to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a news conference, according to daily Global Times.

“Chinese COVID-19 vaccine producers are in close communication with the WHO on application of pre-qualification for emergency use listing,” she added.

Apart from these three, there are 12 more vaccine candidates being developed in China.

Orders for COVID-19 vaccines made in China have been placed by at least 18 countries – Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Ukraine, Senegal, Hungary, Peru, Serbia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Argentina, Egypt, and the UAE.

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