SHANGHAI: Chinese regulators have completed an expert review of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine developed by Germany’s BioNTech and Fosun Pharma and the shot is in the administration review stage, Caixin reported, citing the Chinese company.
China has not approved any COVID-19 vaccine developed overseas but greenlighted several domestic brands, administering 1.4 billion doses so far, or two-fifths of the global total of 3.47 billion doses.
BioNTech chief executive Ugur Sahin said in April he expected its COVID-19 vaccine would win approval from the Chinese authorities “by June at the latest”.
BioNTech and Fosun did not immediately reply to Reuters’ requests for comment.
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The vaccine is on track to begin trial production in China at the end of August, Caixin cited Fosun Pharma chairman Wu Yifang as saying at a shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.
It said the vaccine would be used as a booster shot for people who have received vaccines using inactivated viruses.
These are vaccines that use a coronavirus that cannot replicate in human cells and include Sinovac’s COVID-19 shot.
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