China's Sinovac coronavirus vaccine 78% effective in Brazil trials
Shawna Chen, Axios
Jan 7, 2021
A coronavirus vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac is 78% effective, Brazil officials announced Thursday.
Why it matters: Regulators in other countries are closely following the Phase 3 trials in Brazil. If the vaccine is approved for use, it could help fill a gap in access to coronavirus vaccines for many low- and middle-income countries.
Details: Brazilís Butantan Institute, a medical research institute in S„o Paulo, conducted the study of the vaccine, named CoronaVac, with 12,476 volunteers.
∑ The vaccine prevented all participants from developing severe cases of COVID-19, officials said.
∑ Brazil has the third-highest number of cases in the world after the U.S. and India, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
∑ The Butantan Institute said it will request authorization for emergency use of the vaccine in Brazil, per the Wall Street Journal.
∑ Other countries, including Turkey and Indonesia, are also testing the CoronaVac vaccine.
The big picture: Sinovac has already sold over 300 million doses, primarily to low- and middle-income countries, per New York Times.
∑ Sinovac says it will be able to produce 600 million doses this year.
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