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Another Chinese vaccine gets nod for emergency use in Pakistan

The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has issued emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine by Chinese company Cansino Biologics Inc.

Pakistan

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Feb 2021 8:18 AM GMT

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) has issued emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine by Chinese company Cansino Biologics Inc, officials said, adding the supply of the doses will begin in a few weeks.

It will become the fourth vaccine to be allowed for emergency use in Pakistan, the Dawn news reported.

Cansino Biologics Inc is the only company that has conducted clinical trials in Pakistan, with around 18,000 volunteers participating from across the country.

The analysis, which was released by the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC), showed that it had a 74.48 percent efficacy rate in preventing symptomatic cases and 100 percent in preventing severe disease.

The authorization for emergency use has been issued on Friday just a day after Mexico decided to use Cansino Bio's vaccine to immunize its citizens.

In another development, Drap's Clinical Trial Committee allowed another company to hold clinical trials in Pakistan.

During the trial, around 9,000 volunteers will be vaccinated through the University of Health Sciences (UHS) and Aga Khan University (AKU).

Last month, Cansino Bio completed its clinical trial in five countries — Pakistan, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Russia — and sent the data to the IDMC to officially announce the efficacy rate. (IANS)

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