China Offers Shots to Workers Going Abroad Amid Vaccine Race - (Bloomberg via NewsPoints Desk)

  • China is offering employees of some large state-run companies the option of being inoculated with two coronavirus vaccines currently in development, reported Bloomberg.

  • According to people familiar with the matter, employees intending to travel overseas for work can volunteer to be administered vaccines developed by China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of Sinopharm.

  • The proposal was relayed to state-owned companies by the government body that oversees them, the people said.

  • CNBG's experimental vaccines have been tested on 2000 people with no reported "obvious adverse effects," Sinopharm chairman Liu Jingzhen told local media last month.

  • However, a CNBG spokeswoman said she was not aware of the vaccine offer and declined to comment further.

  • The news source said there are currently five Chinese vaccine candidates in the clinical testing stage, competing with products being developed by global companies such as AstraZeneca and Moderna.

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