WHO is granting emergency use of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

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A vial of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. Associated Press
  • WHO approved a COVID-19 vaccine from China's Sinopharm for emergency use on Friday.

  • Sinopharm, a state-owned drugmaker, developed it with the Beijing Institute of Biological Products.

  • This is the first time WHO has authorized any Chinese-made vaccine for emergency use.

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A World Health Organization panel has authorized the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine made by China's Sinopharm.

Sinopharm, a state-owned drugmaker, developed the vaccine alongside the Beijing Institute of Biological Products.

"This expands the list of Covid-19 vaccines that Covax can buy, and gives countries confidence to expedite their own regulatory approval, and to import and administer a vaccine," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing, according to The Washington Post.

This is the first time that any Chinese-made vaccine has been granted emergency authorization by WHO.

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