Nations relying on Chinese COVID-19 vaccines report surge in cases

New Delhi: Countries like Mongolia, Seychelles and Bahrain relied on COVID-19 vaccines made by China to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but are now battling a surge in infections, according to a report in 'New York Times'.

Examples from several countries suggest that the Chinese vaccines may not be very effective at preventing the spread of the coronavirus, particularly the new variants, the report said.

In Seychelles, Chile, Bahrain and Mongolia, about 50 to 68% of the populations have been fully inoculated with Chinese vaccines, outpacing the United States, according to 'Our World in Data'. However, they are also among the top 10 countries with the worst Covid-19 outbreaks.

"If the vaccines are sufficiently good, we should not see this pattern. The Chinese have a responsibility to remedy this," Jin Dongyan, a virologist at the University of Hong Kong, told the leading U.S daily.

Seychelles, which relied mostly on Sinopharm, reported more than 716 Covid-19 cases per million.

China, as well as the more than 90 nations that have received the Chinese shots, may end up as a country that is fully vaccinated but partly protected from the virus, contending with rolling lockdowns, testing and limits on day-to-day life for months or years to come. Asianet Online