The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday that a Chinese coronavirus vaccine tested in the Federation of Sheikhs is 86% effective, in a statement that provided few details but marked the first public disclosure of information on the effectiveness of the shot. .
The United Arab Emirates, home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, conducted a trial starting in September on the vaccine by Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, involving 31,000 volunteers from 125 countries. Volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 received two doses of the vaccine for 28 days.
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The UAE’s Department of Health and Prevention announced the results in a statement to state news agency WAM, saying they “have reviewed Sinopharm CNBG’s interim analysis of phase III trials “.
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“The analysis shows no serious safety concerns,” the statement said, without specifying whether a participant suffered side effects.
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It was not immediately clear whether the announced results only included test participants in the UAE or whether they also included results from China and elsewhere. The statement described the vaccine as having received an “official registration” without specifying what that meant. Emirati officials and Sinopharm did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press.
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The Sinopharm vaccine has been approved for emergency use in a few countries and the company is still conducting advanced stage clinical trials in 10 countries. Morocco is preparing for an ambitious COVID-19 vaccination program, aimed at vaccinating 80% of its adults in an operation starting this month initially based on the Sinopharm vaccine.
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Sinopharm’s injection is based on tested technology, using a killed virus to deliver the vaccine, similar to how polio vaccinations are done. Major Western competitors are using newer and less proven technology to target the advanced coronavirus protein using RNA.
Senior officials of the United Arab Emirates, including the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, have publicly received the vaccines as part of the immunization tests.
Associated Press writer Huizhong Wu of Taipei, Taiwan, contributed to this report.
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