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China State-Backed Covid Vaccine Has 86% Efficacy, UAE Says

  • UAE plans to roll out shot publicly after trial of 31,000
  • Abu Dhabi looks to restart economic activity in two weeks
Inside Sinopharm’s vaccine production plant in Beijing.

Inside Sinopharm’s vaccine production plant in Beijing.

Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Xinhua News Agency
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China’s state-backed coronavirus vaccine protected 86% of people against Covid-19 in trials conducted in the United Arab Emirates, state media there reported, giving credence to the quickly developed shot that Beijing intends to distribute around the developing world.

The data was from trials that included 31,000 volunteers in the UAE, which found the vaccine was highly effective in preventing moderate and severe cases of Covid-19 and had no serious safety concerns, according to the report, which cited the country’s Ministry of Health and Prevention.