Use of the vaccine has so far been limited to people who work for state-owned companies that have to travel overseas, Zheng Zhongwei, of Chinathe National Health Commission, told state media.
Some medical workers, border officials and those working in food markets may be offered the vaccine in the fall or winter, Zheng added.
Its “emergency” use was approved by Beijing last month and rolled out on July 22, he added.
There are currently 170 separate efforts to create a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19[feminine[feminine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) – but none have been approved yet.
England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said yesterday it was unlikely that a coronavirus the vaccine will be widely available before winter 2021.
The “emergency” vaccine used by the Chinese government appears to be the country’s first – outside of clinical trials.
Mr. Zheng told state media CCTV on Saturday, “We have developed a series of plans, medical consent forms, side effect monitoring plans, rescue plans, compensation plans, to make sure that emergency use is well regulated and monitored. ”
He also said the vaccination program could be “extended” to prevent epidemics in the fall and winter.
But the rest of the world is largely skeptical of China’s vaccination claims.
Border officials in Papua New Guinea recently denied entry to a group of Chinese nationals because they had participated in vaccine trials, The Australian reported.
In the United States, President Donald Trump is trying to speed up the approval of the Oxford University vaccine to be used before the November elections.
He is seeking to get the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clear emergency use in October – a month before the vote, according to the Financial Times.