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Why One Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine, in Particular, is Poised to Have a Huge Impact in the Developing World

Image of CanSino Biologics Inc. COVID019 vaccines that only require a single shot and less onerous cold chain requirements than other vaccines on the market. Image via CanSino.

A new Chinese-made vaccine emerged from late-stage clinical trials this week, well-positioned to help overcome a number of the obstacles that have hampered large-scale distribution of COVID-19 jabs to the world’s poorest countries, including many in Africa.

Monday’s announcement by Pakistani health advisor Faisal Sultan that CanSino Biologics’ vaccine emerged from late-stage clinical trials with a 65.7% efficacy rate. That by itself is encouraging, given that it’s far above the 50% rate required by the WHO for certification. But more importantly, the CanBio jab has a number of features that make it especially appealing for developing countries:

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