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EMA Europa to start review on SINOVAC Vaccine

The European vaccine regulator, the EMA, will watch the trials of the corona vaccine of the Chinese state-owned company Sinovac. This so-called rolling review is the last step before the developers request approval and Europe decides whether the vaccine can be marketed.

EMA has decided to initiate this process based on preliminary investigation results. “These suggest that the vaccine will trigger the production of antibodies targeting the coronavirus and may help protect against the disease.”

The regulator will review the data that is already available about the vaccine, while it is still in the final research phase. When enough data is available to complete the research phase, the rolling review will stop .

By looking at the data during the ongoing research, the vaccine may be assessed more quickly. If the EMA then considers the vaccine to be effective and safe, it could possibly be used in Europe.

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Vaccine appears to be less effective

Figures on the effectiveness of the Chinese vaccine vary depending on where the research was conducted. Immunologist Marjolein van Egmond (Amsterdam UMC) told NU.nl on Monday that this starts at 50 percent, but sometimes turns out to be much higher.

“Overall it appears to be less effective than RNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, but it is still effective in preventing people from becoming seriously ill and ending up in hospital. Overall, it is still a very useful vaccine” , the immunologist concluded.

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So far, there have been no contract negotiations from the Netherlands regarding the purchase of the Chinese vaccine.

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