- Sinopharm could now be included in the UN-backed COVAX program distributing COVID jabs to lower-income countries.
- In a first for a Chinese vaccine, a decision by the WHO technical advisory group opens the possibility that Sinopharm's offering could be included in the United Nations-backed COVAX program in coming weeks or months. The vaccine could be distributed through the United Nations children's agency UNICEF and WHO's Americas regional office.
- Aside from efficacy numbers, the Chinese manufacturer has released very little public data about its two vaccines – one developed by its Beijing Institute of Biological Products and the other by the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.
- The Beijing-made Sinopharm shot is one the WHO advisory group considered for the emergency use listing.
- The Sinopharm vaccine will join ones made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.
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