Malaysia has conditionally approved the Sinopharm and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines!
Find out this means for the COVID-19 vaccination program in Malaysia!
Malaysia Approves Sinopharm + Janssen COVID-19 Vaccines!
On 16 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) issued a conditional registration for the following vaccines :
- COVILO Suspension for Injection COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated
Registrant : Duopharma (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Manufacturer : Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd. (BIBP), China
COVILO is also known as Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, and was developed by China National Biotec Group Company Limited (CNBG), also known as Sinopharm
- Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Suspension for Injection
Registrant : Johnson & Johnson Sdn. Bhd.
Manufacturer : Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Belgium
This conditional registration allows both COVID-19 vaccines to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program.
Sinopharm + Janssen Vaccines : A Quick Primer!
The Sinopharm COVILO vaccine, also known as BBIBP-CorV or just BIBP, that is very similar to the CoronaVac vaccine made by Sinovac.
Like CoronaVac, COVILO is an inactivated virus vaccine made from actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and killed using β-propiolactone.
Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system. It is a two-shot vaccine with an efficacy of :
- 79% against symptomatic COVID-19.
- 79% against hospitalisation with COVID-19
The Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is a viral-vector vaccine that uses the same Ad26 adenovirus as the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
Once injected into the body, the Ad26 virus teaches some of our cells to manufacture the SARS-CoV-2 protein spikes to trigger the body’s immune system.
The Janssen vaccine is a single-shot vaccine with an efficacy of :
- 52% to 74% against mild to moderate COVID-19.
- 73% to 82% against severe to critical COVID-19
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