Volume 588 Issue 7839, 24 December 2020
News | 14 December 2020
Arab nations first to approve Chinese COVID vaccine — despite lack of public data
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain say the vaccine is 86% effective, but scientists would like to see data to support the claim.
Two Arab nations have become the first countries to approve a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine, a significant boost for China’s plans to roll out its vaccines worldwide. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) approved a vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned Sinopharm on 9 December, and Bahrain followed days later. But researchers say a lack of public data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine could hinder the company’s plans to distribute the vaccine in a range of other countries…