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China's Sinovac vaccine is 50,38% effective according to leading Brazilian research center

Wednesday, January 13th 2021 - 09:20 UTC
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Instituto Butantan responsible for developing the vaccine and conducting trials in the country, announced last week the vaccine had a 78% overall efficacy Instituto Butantan responsible for developing the vaccine and conducting trials in the country, announced last week the vaccine had a 78% overall efficacy

Trials in Brazil show the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac to be 50.38% effective, nearly 30 percentage points below the initial results released last week. The Instituto Butantan, the São Paulo-based research institute responsible for developing the vaccine and conducting trials in the country, announced last week the vaccine had a 78% overall efficacy, with total protection against severe cases.

The new trials, which involved 12,508 volunteers, have shown that Sinovac continues to be 100% effective in blocking severe cases.

“This is an efficient vaccine,” Instituto Butantan Chief Researcher Ricardo Palacios said during a press conference on Tuesday. “We have a vaccine that is able to control the pandemic through this expected effect, which is the decrease in the disease’s intensity.”

The results come at a moment in which President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has been criticized for the delay in rolling out the vaccine. Neighboring countries, such as Chile with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and Argentina with Russia’s Sputnik V, started their vaccination campaigns, while Brazil still does not have a concrete immunization plan a week after the country surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Last week, Bolsonaro’s government closed an exclusive deal with Instituto Butantan for 100 million doses to be distributed by the end of 2021. The vaccine, however, still needs the approval of the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA).

Instituto Butantan has included the new results in its emergency request for approval, initially filed on Friday. ANVISA requires a 50% effective rate for vaccines, the same percentage recommended by the World Health Organization.

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  • imoyaro

    Christ, it's a coin flip. Another attempt by the Qin to spread the disease they created and spread to the world by allowing airplanes to fly to all points of the globe while they kept the city in lockdown

    Jan 17th, 2021 - 07:37 am 0
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