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China displays COVID-19 vaccines at Beijing trade fair

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Beijing, Sep 07: As novel coronavirus cases flare up to 2.7 crore worldwide putting millions of lives at stake, China has put its indigenous coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time at a Beijing trade fair this week.

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Produced by Chinese companies Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm, the vaccine is yet to hit the market but the makers of the vaccine believe it will be approved after all-important phase 3 trials as early as year-end.

A Sinovac representative told AFP his firm has already "completed the construction of a vaccine factory" able to produce 300 million doses a year.

Sinovac's development of a vaccine against COVID-19 began in January 2020 in partnership with leading academic research institutes in China.

The company received approval from China's NMPA on April 13 to conduct phase I/II trials on its inactivated vaccine candidate against COVID-19 in China.

There are currently more than two dozen research efforts underway to develop protective vaccines against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

In May, Moderna, a Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech firm, announced early and encouraging immune-response results for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

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