China Authorizes New Inactivated Vaccine Amid Doubt Over Sinopharm Jabs
Efficacy In New Spotlight In Seychelles
A new emergency authorization marks China’s fourth approval for inactivated COVID-19 vaccines, despite lingering doubts over the protection offered by the technology and surging cases in one of the most vaccinated countries where Sinopharm’s inactivated vaccines are widely used.
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