China gives approval for broader use of Sinovac vaccine

first_img Facebook TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China has given broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk and priority groups already allowed under an emergency clearance. Regulators gave conditional approval for Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s shot, CoronaVac, on Friday, clearing the way for general use, The National Medical Products Administration announced in a statement Saturday The Sinovac vaccine has already been sold to at least 10 other countries and is being administered to people in at least five other countries. In China, the shot was given emergency approval last July, allowing people such as medical workers and employees of state-owned firms to receive it. The conditional approval means the vaccine can now be given to the general public, though research is still ongoing. The company will be required to submit follow-up data as well as reports of any adverse effects after the vaccine is sold on the market. It is the second locally made vaccine to be given conditional approval. Beijing authorized the state-owned Sinopharm’s vaccine in December. China has previously said any COVID-19 vaccine will be free for its public, with the government footing the bill. Sinovac declined to give a figure for the price of each dose. Both Sinovac’s shot and Sinopharm’s shot are two-dose inactivated vaccines, relying on traditional technology that makes it easier to transport and store than Pfizer’s vaccines, which requires ultracold storage. That could make a difference for developing countries that have fewer resources. Sinovac’s vaccine however, has also been subject to intense scrutiny and criticism for lack of transparency, largely in part owing to the different efficacy data in different countries across the world. Officials in Turkey, where part of the stage 3 clinical trials were staged, have said the efficacy rate was 91.25%. But in a much bigger trial in Brazil, officials there initially announced an efficacy rate of 78%, but revised that down to just over 50% after including mild infections. The Brazil segment of the trial enrolled 12,396 volunteers, and recorded 253 infections, the company said in a statement Friday. So far the company has only released stage 1 and stage 2 data for its vaccine. Full clinical trial data for the stage 3 trials will be released later in a peer-reviewed journal, said Pearson Liu, a spokesperson for the company. Global health authorities have said any vaccine that is at least 50% effective would be useful. The flu vaccine is generally around 50% effective. Experts have also said that it is meaningful that those who fall ill despite taking the vaccine should still be less likely to suffer serious symptoms. Its stage 3 clinical trials were held in Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and Turkey, with a total of 25,000 volunteers. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 6, 2021 Twitter Twittercenter_img Pinterest Previous articleMyanmar junta blocks internet access as coup protests expandNext articleTrump impeachment trial confronts memories of Capitol siege Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp TAGS  Local NewsBusinessWorld News China gives approval for broader use of Sinovac vaccinelast_img read more

Member’s Privileges

first_imgTaking snuff out of a ram’s horn was a privilege that Andrew Fairley, British Baker’s Student Baker of Year, politely declined. He also hopes he will never need to invoke the right to a private cell in one of Glasgow’s police stations or indeed fight alongside Glaswegians as they defend their city. These entitlements are now his, following his induction as a member of the Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow. He has been made member of this ancient guild in recognition of his achievement in British Baker’s 2005 Baking Industry Awards. Fellow winners Debra Cunningham, Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, and highly commended student baker Daniel Smith were also honoured at the ceremony at Glasgow Trades Hall as they became members of the order which dates back 500 years.“It was a remarkable honour to be given the opportunity to join and an exciting experience – a day that I will never forget, it was brilliant,” says Andrew. “The first thing I noticed was lots of people in thick gold chains like a mayor would wear and another chap wearing a strange dark cloak. It struck me that Dan (Smith) and I were by far the youngest at the ceremony. When my name was called I had to stand up and repeat after the deacon a sworn statement and sign the book which dates back hundreds of years.”The Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow is part of the Glasgow Trades House, which was set up over 400 years ago to look after workers and their families involved in the 14 major crafts at that time. These included the maltsters, hammermen, coopers, weavers and bonnetmakers.Before receiving the award, the three bakers were granted the honour of Freeman Citizenship of the city of Glasgow as this is necessary to become a member of the Incorporation.Debra is head of cake decorating at 44-shop Skeltons Bakery, where she has developed a method of painting cakes with intricate designs. Andrew, aged 19, and Daniel, aged 20, are both coming to the end of their three-year apprenticeships with Greggs North East. Daniel was impressed when he arrived in Glasgow for the ceremony. He was even more taken aback by the company he was in when he heard the citations and saw others being given the honour: “I didn’t realise all the people were that much older and had titles to go with their names. When it came to my turn I was extremely nervous.”last_img read more

Douglas signs final bills of the 2009-2010 biennium, last as governor

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today signed the last three bills into law, marking the culmination of the 2009-2010 legislative biennium.  As this is Governor Douglas’ last session as governor, today’s final bill signing of H. 781, An Act Relating to Renewable Energy, represents the last bill that will become law under his signature.“It is a tremendous responsibility knowing that, as Governor, my signature has the power to turn an idea into the law of the State of Vermont,” said Governor Douglas.  “In the past eight years, I’ve signed over 750 Acts and Charter Changes – and vetoed a few others.  That the renewable energy bill is the final bill is fitting.  It not only reaffirms Vermont’s deeply held environmental ethic, it builds on the close friendship we share with our neighbors in Quebec – a friendship that Quebec Premier Jean Charest and I have worked hard to cultivate over the past eight years.”In March, Governor Douglas traveled to Quebec City to help seal a long term power agreement with Hydro Quebec and Vermont utilities.  H. 781, An Act Relating to Renewable Energy, includes a provision that will recognize power from Hydro Quebec as renewable, making Vermont to first state to make such an acknowledgement in law and potentially providing additional benefits to Vermonters from the long term agreement.“When I first came into office in 2003, it was a priority for me and my Administration to rebuild a strong relationship with our friends in Quebec,” the Governor said.  “The depth and strength of the Vermont/Quebec relationship today is among my proudest achievements.”Earlier today, Governor Douglas was joined by business leaders and legislators as he signed into law H.783, An Act Relating to Miscellaneous Tax Provisions, and H.790 An Act Relating to Capital Construction and State Bonding.  The Governor hailed both bills as critical to the state’s economic recovery.“At a time when other states are raising taxes, Vermont sent a message that we are ready to aggressively compete for jobs in the post-recession economy by rolling back taxes,” the Governor noted.  “The partial sunset of the capital gains tax increases from last year and reinstating a higher estate tax exclusion through the Miscellaneous Tax Bill are important provisions that will encourage investment and job creation in Vermont.  Further, the Capital Bill’s investments in our state facilities will not only provide needed resources to improve state services, they will create jobs for Vermonters in our building trades by putting them to work on many critical projects.”  Source: Governor’s office. 6.4.2010###last_img read more