Craftsmen unload boxes containing the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, donated by China, at the Damascus International Airport on April 24, 2021, in the Syrian wherewithal.
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The World Health Organization said Friday it has approved for emergency use a coronavirus vaccine broadened by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical group Sinopharm.
Beijing’s Covid vaccine is recommended for adults 18 years and up with a two-dose regimen, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a newswomen briefing.
The new addition to the list of usable vaccine options could hasten efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 and its unstable forms, which are driving new infections in many parts of the world.
“Solving the vaccine crisis requires that we draw out out all the stops,” Tedros said.
Sinopharm’s shot is the sixth to receive the WHO’s approval for “safety, efficacy and quality,” he said.
“Vaccines be left a vital tool. But right now, the volume and distribution of vaccines is insufficient to end the pandemic, without the sustained and tailored application of communal health measures that we know work,” Tedros said.
“The pandemic has shown that when health is at peril, everything is at risk. But when health is protected and promoted, individuals, families, communities, economies and nations can thrive,” he indicated.