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WHO’s Approval of Sinopharm Will be a Game Changer in the Global Vaccine Distribution Contest… Just Not Right Away

The World Health Organization endorsed the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from Sinopharm and cleared the way for the Chinese jab to significantly increase its distribution throughout the developing world. The WHO on Friday approved the vaccine for emergency use which means that it can also be included among those vaccines distributed as part of the global vaccine alliance Covax.

The WHO’s ruling also provides the Sinopharm vaccine in particular, and Chinese vaccines more broadly, with a badly-needed endorsement, although the global health body did acknowledge a lack of information about the vaccine’s effectiveness in some older patients.

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