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An official with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday said that COVID-19 vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November.
China has four COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials. At least three of those have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use programme launched in July.
Phase 3 clinical trials were proceeding smoothly and the vaccines could be ready for the general public in November or December, CDC chief biosafety expert Guizhen Wu said in an interview with state TV late on Monday.
Wu, who said she has experienced no abnormal symptoms in recent months after taking an experimental vaccine herself in April, did not specify which vaccines she was referring to.
A unit of state pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and US-listed Sinovac Biotech SVA.O are developing the three vaccines under the state’s emergency use programme. A fourth COVID-19 vaccine being developed by CanSino Biologics was approved for use by the Chinese military in June.
Sinopharm said in July that its vaccine could be ready for public use by the end of this year after the conclusion of Phase 3 trials.
Global vaccine makers are racing to develop an effective vaccine against the virus which has killed more than 925,000 people. Leading Western vaccine makers pledged earlier this month to uphold scientific study standards and reject any political pressure to rush the process.
‘I cannot live in this country,’ says Sarah Khan
Sarah Khan, rape, Motorway, Lahore
Pakistani actress Sarah Khan, the most popular actress in the TV industry, says that if the perpetrators of the motorway incident were not punished severely, then it is a pity that I cannot live in this country.
Actresses Mahira Khan, Sarah Khan, Ali Rehman Khan, Ayesha Omar, Yasir Hussain, Ejaz Aslam, Sarwat Gilani, Wajahat Rauf and many other celebrities on Monday evening at the Karachi Press Club protested sexual harassment of women and children across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, actress Sarah Khan said, “I always have two guards with me, but I want us to live in a society where women do not need all this.”
He said that even women and children are not safe in the country at this time, adding Imran Khan should dole out severe punishments for the culprits after the motorway incident.
“Instead of teaching women here, men should be taught how to respect women,” she said.
In her video message, Sara Khan said that the purpose of recording our protest here is to punish the culprits severely, if not, then I have to say with regret that I no longer live in this country.’