China firm uses workers to 'pre-test' vaccine in global race - (ABC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • State-owned Chinese firm SinoPharm says its employees, including top executives, received an experimental COVID-19 vaccine even before the government approved testing in people, as reported in ABC News.

  • "Giving a helping hand in forging the sword of victory," reads an online post from SinoPharm, with pictures of company leaders it says helped "pre-test" its vaccine.

  • SinoPharm's claim that 30 "special volunteers" received the vaccine even before the company got permission for its initial clinical study raises ethical concerns among Western observers, the news source said.

  • The company's post cites a "spirit of sacrifice" and shows seven men, a mix of scientists, businessmen and one Communist Party official.

  • SinoPharm, which did not comment on this report, is testing two vaccine candidates that received government permission for Phase I trials in mid- to late April, ABC News said.

  • In a post on its subsidiary's official WeChat account, the company says it conducted its "pre-test" at the end of March "to make the vaccines hit the market as early as possible."

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