EU regulators review Chinese Sinovac vaccine as India passes 20 million cases – fr

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EU regulators review Chinese Sinovac vaccine as India passes 20 million cases – fr


TThe European Union’s pharmaceutical regulator announced on Tuesday that it had started an ongoing review of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to assess its efficacy and safety, a first step towards possible approval for use in the bloc of 27 countries .

The European Medicines Agency said on Tuesday its decision to start the review was based on preliminary results from laboratory and clinical studies.

It comes as the official number of coronavirus cases in India has surpassed 20 million – almost doubling in the past three months, as deaths officially surpassed 220,000. The real numbers are believed to be much higher.
Experts have warned that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible.”

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