China administering COVID-19 vaccines since July

China has been using an experimental coronavirus vaccine on people who work in 'high risk' professions since July, including front line medical professionals and border inspectors, a senior official from the national health commission revealed.

Zheng Zhongwei, director of the Science and Technology Development Center of the National Health Commission, said the vaccine had been approved for use on July 22 during an interview with a Chinese state media broadcaster on Saturday.

Zheng told the CCTV-2 program 'Dialogue' that the people who were at high risk of exposure to the virus -- including frontline medical personnel, epidemic prevention personnel, medical staff at fever clinics, and customs and border personnel -- were eligible to receive the vaccine.

The vaccine was developed by Sinopharm's China National Biotec Group Company (CNBG).

Phase 3 clinical trials of this vaccine have been conducted in the UAE, Peru, Morocco, and Argentina. Asianet Online