Stars and Stripes stripes.com 31 Dec, 2020 16:00 am

China approves its first homegrown vaccine as COVID-19 surges globally

China approves its first homegrown vaccine as COVID-19 surges globally
The Sinopharm vaccine had already been given to groups such as health care professionals and essential workers under emergency-use guidelines as part of China's program to inoculate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February.

2 million doses of a Sinopharm shot, two days after its death toll topped 10,000.Sinopharm, which has another shot under development, is one of at least five Chinese developers that are in a global race to create vaccines for the disease that has killed more than 1.The Sinopharm shot is already under mass production, though officials did not answer questions about current capacity.The Sinopharm vaccine had already been given to groups such as health care professionals and essential workers under emergency-use guidelines as part of China's program to inoculate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February.

8 million people.Turkey received shipments this week of 3 million doses, and Indonesia and Brazil have also purchased it.

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