Chinese coronavirus vaccine 86% effective, UAE health leaders say


Health authorities from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday announced that a Chinese coronavirus vaccine had an 86% efficacy rate against infection in human trials.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention shared the findings through the state-run WAM news agency. Phase 3 trials from Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group’s (CNBG) inactivated COVID-19 vaccine also revealed antibodies in 99% of participants, and 100% effectiveness against moderate to severe cases of COVID-19 disease.

The analysis also showed no safety concerns.

“The registration of this vaccine is a decision in response to the application from Sinopharm CNBG. The announcement is a significant vote of confidence by the UAE’s health authorities in the safety and efficacy of this vaccine,” reads the announcement.

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UAE health authorities granted emergency approval to the vaccine in September in a bid to protect vulnerable front-line workers. Ongoing studies after the authorization “show similar safety and efficacy profiles as the interim analysis,” per the announcement.

The Phase 3 trials included 31,000 volunteers across 126 nationalities in the UAE.

“MOHAP’s official registration of Beijing Institute of Biological Product’s inactivated COVID-19 vaccine leads the way to comprehensively protecting the population and responsibly opening the economy,” the announcement continued.

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