Three countries among first to receive Chinese-made vaccine

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BEIJING – Countries where the third phase human trials for the Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate are underway – Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey – will have access to it at the same time as China, reported Sputnik news agency.

“We started the third phase of clinical trials in Brazil on July 21, Indonesia, on August 1 and Turkey on September 16. We have also received approval for clinical trials in Bangladesh … The first lots will be distributed on a priority basis in China, and in parallel in those countries with clinical trials, which are Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey,” Yin Weidong, CEO of developer SinoVac, told reporters in Beijing.

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The executive went on to say that the company is already building a manufacturing plant to boost production capacity of the vaccine, dubbed CoronaVac, to around three million doses a year.

Yin declined Sputnik’s request to name the approximate cost of the prospective vaccine, saying that the price tag will depend on a large variety of factors.

SinoVac expects the vaccine to hit markets by the end of the year.

–BERNAMA