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Claim : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are From China
People have been excitedly sharing this amazing news about Chinese vaccines on WhatsApp and Facebook.
It’s a long message, so skip to the next section for the facts…
Truth : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are NOT From China
This is just an updated version of the earlier fake news claiming that Chinese vaccines are the world’s safest.
And here are the reasons why it’s just FAKE NEWS…
Fact #1 : It Was Not An Actual NYT Article
The posts promoted a New York Times link, but it was really just an opinion piece by Achal Prabhala and Chee Yoke Ling – an Indian public health activist and a Malaysian public interest lawyer.
It was NOT an actual article by any New York Times writer or correspondent. Neither was it endorsed by the New York Times.
Fact #2 : NYT Did Not Rank COVID-19 Vaccines
The opinion piece did NOT rank the COVID-19 vaccines, much less claim that the top 4 vaccines are from China.
In fact, it pointed out the conflicting trial results for the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac, and noted that “China’s and Russia’s self-serving propaganda campaigns touting their respective vaccines only increased wariness“.
Instead of praising Chinese vaccines as the safest in the world, the two writers were merely asking health authorities to “start trusting other countries’ vaccines“, because there is simply not enough vaccines from Western countries to supply the world.
Fact #3 : The New York Times Refuted The Claim
On 10 March 2021, The New York Times published three tweets refuting the false claims.
Fact #4 : Chinese Vaccines Have Efficacy Issues
On 24 June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian told the China Central Television that antibodies from two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.
Sinovac itself appears to be cognisant of this limitation, and have conducting clinical research on a booster dose of their own.
But it appears that the Chinese government is not going to wait, but will instead boost protection against the Delta variant using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine instead.
Fact #5 : China Purchased 100 Million Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine
Despite the claims of Chinese vaccine superiority and approving FOUR domestically developed and produced vaccines, China also ordered 100 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
As mentioned in Fact #4, the Chinese government is planning to boost protection against the Delta variant using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, for people vaccinated with their Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.
Fact #6 : Doses Ordered, Not Delivered
The post claimed that “China has exported more than 500 million doses of vaccines to more than 50 countries around the world, and it is estimated that hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated.”
The truth is Chinese vaccine manufacturers received ORDERS for about 500 million doses of their vaccines from about 45 countries.
When that post first appeared in February 2021, China was actually a long way from delivering (exporting) those 500 million vaccine doses, and certainly hundreds of millions of people have NOT been vaccinated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines at that time.
Even China only planned to vaccinate 50 million essential workers by mid-February – less than 4% of its population, even as it exports millions of doses overseas.
Fact #7 : Flying For Early Vaccines, Not Chinese Vaccines
While the fake post insinuates that wealthy people in Britain are flying to the UAE for superior Chinese vaccines, the truth is they were offered EARLY ACCESS to COVID-19 vaccines.
In February 2021, they partnered with the UAE to offer the Sinopharm vaccine as a way to “bring tourism into the area”.
This is really about the rich cutting queue and getting early access to COVID-19 vaccines, and not about wealthy UK residents actually believing in the superiority of Chinese vaccines.
Fact #8 : Vaccine Side Effects Do Not Take 10-20 Years To Appear
It is utter nonsense to claim that vaccines can cause side effects 10-20 years later.
Vaccines are merely self-defence classes for our immune system – teaching it how to identify a microbe, so it can learn to make antibodies against it.
Like a self-defence class, a vaccine doesn’t stick around. That’s why sometimes a booster dose (like revision classes) is required.
Any side effects you may experience is your body’s natural reaction to what it believes is the actual virus – this is how the vaccine trains the body to defend itself.
These side effects occur in the first few days of getting the vaccine dose, and do not lay in wait for 10-20 years before appearing.
Should You Trust Vaccines Made In China?
Yes, if approved by the health authority of your country, you should trust vaccines made in China.
The Chinese vaccines may have lower efficacy than the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, but they are still effective at preventing hospitalisations and death.
What we really need to understand is that ALL approved COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent severe or fatal COVID-19 disease.
Just take any approved COVID-19 vaccine, and you will be protected against moderate to severe COVID-19 disease that requires medical treatment.
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