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China approves clinical trials of 16 homemade coronavirus vaccines

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China has approved 16 nationally-made Covid-19 vaccines for clinical trials, six of which have entered Phase 3, according to the latest data from the National Medical Products Administration.

Two inactivated Covid-19 vaccines from China have been placed on the conditional market: a vaccine from the China National Biotec Group affiliated with Sinopharm, and the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech. They received their respective approvals from the administration on December 30, 2020 and February 5 this year, Xinhua News Agency reported.

In addition to inactivated vaccines, China has adopted four technological approaches for Covid-19 vaccines: recombinant protein vaccines, adenovirus vector vaccines, nucleic acid vaccines, and vaccines using attenuated influenza viruses as vectors.

As of February 9, China had administered 40.52 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to key groups, National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng said at a press conference.

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