Gao Fu, director of the China Centers for Disease Control, speaks Saturday at the National Vaccines and Health conference in Chengdu. | Chinatopix Via AP
Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control.
BEIJING — In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to get a boost.
Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses abroad while trying to promote doubt about the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine made using the previously experimental messenger RNA, or mRNA, process.
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Update #1: Official admits China’s Covid vaccines’ effectiveness low (PA)
WNU Editor: The official who made this claim …. Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Gao Fu …. is now walking back comments he made about the country's COVID-19 vaccines …. China official calls reports he said country's COVID-19 vaccines weren't very effective 'a complete misunderstanding' (The Week). This walk-back is not a surprise. China has already administered tens of millions of these vaccines, and they would look stupid and incompetent to say that they are not effective …. China administers nearly 165m COVID-19 vaccine doses, 2nd highest in world (CGTN).
Update #3: If these numbers from Brazil are accurate, this Chinese official's admission that his country's coronavirus vaccines are not up to par is accurate …. Brazil sees 1,803 COVID-19 deaths; Chinese vaccine found 50.7% effective against variant (Reuters).