- The World Health Organization's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has termed the Sinovac vaccine a life-saving tool that needed to be distributed to people across the world
- The approval of Sinovac by WHO as Ghebreyesus has said, paves way for countries that still need vaccines such as those in Africa to import them as shortages continue to bite
- China was the first country in the world to report a Covid-19 case in Wuhan city and WHO's Ghebreyesus has shared his views on Sinovac
The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved China's Sinovac Vaccine for emergency use against the Covid-19 disease.
France 24 reported Sinovac in the process became the second Chinese shot to be given a green light by the international health body after Sinopharm.
“I’m happy to announce that the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine has been given WHO emergency use listing after being found to be safe, effective, and quality-assured,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday, June 1.
The Guardian reported that Ghebreyesus has termed the vaccine a life-saving tool that needed to be distributed to people across the world.
The approval paves way for countries that still need vaccines such as those in Africa to import them as shortages continue to bite.
“The world desperately needs multiple COVID-19 vaccines to address the huge access inequity across the globe,” Mariangela Simao, the WHO’s assistant director-general for access to health product stated.
China was the first country in the world to report a Covid-19 case in Wuhan city.
The Asian nation has since managed to control the spread of the virus through strict measures that included lockdowns and vaccinations.
South Africa on a vaccine roll-out
In other stories, Briefly News reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Tuesday, 1 June that over one million South Africans have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The total number of people vaccinated is 1 045 104. The above number includes 479 768 frontline healthcare workers and over 565 336 citizens who are over the age of 60.
The frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated during the Sisonke Programme in Phase 1. The elderly citizens have been participating in the inoculation drive since the start of Phase 2 in mid-May.
According to IOL, the third wave of infections has arrived in certain parts of South Africa.
Mkhize stated that there were a whopping 3 614 new infections reported in Mzansi. Sadly, there were 95 Covid-19 related deaths reported.
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