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Chinese vaccine maker hoping to inoculate children as young as 3, China News

A Chinese Covid-19 vaccine developer whose product has been approved for general use on adults is seeking to expand its use to children as young as three years old. Zhang Yuntao, vice-president of China National Biotec Group (CNBG), told China National Radio that the company was testing how well the vaccine could induce immune response among the younger population and... → Read More

Stabbed eye doctor wins army of fans on Chinese social media, China News

Beijing eye doctor Tao Yong became a household name in China last year when he was brutally stabbed by a patient in a knife attack that left him fighting for his life. The 40-year-old doctor, the head of ophthalmology at Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, spent two weeks in intensive care after being stabbed in the head and arm, injuries that brought... → Read More

'I was coerced': Chinese woman pleads not guilty to serial murders, China News

A Chinese woman accused of murdering seven people , including a three-year-old girl, more than two decades ago pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying she was coerced into the crimes, according to state media reports. In a two-day trial that ended on Tuesday, Lao Rongzhi, 46, told Nanchang Intermediate People’s Court that her involvement stopped at kidnapping and robbery... → Read More

On China's coronavirus front line, not everyone wants a vaccine

As a medical specialist at a public hospital in northeast China, Zhang Quan is at high risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The 37-year-old gastroenterologist from Anshan, Liaoning province, tries to ward off that danger by wearing masks, washing his hands and taking the coronavirus test at least once a month. But Zhang is not excited about being on the... → Read More

Woman 'serial killer' goes on trial for seven murders in China after 20 years on the run, China News

A woman accused of killing seven people, including a three-year-old girl, went on trial in eastern China on Monday after 20 years on the run. Lao Rongzhi, 46, apologised to the victims’ families but denied that her involvement was “intentional”, saying she had been in an abusive relationship and had been forced to take part in the crimes, according to... → Read More

Abducted, sold into marriage - Chinese woman reunited with her family 40 years later, China News

As a child, Li Yantao wondered why her mother, with her high forehead, protruding cheekbones and receding hairline, looked so different from others in their village in Henan province in central China. Her mother was often referred to as “deaf-mute” and someone who made strange noises, as she spoke a language nobody understood. Li only found out the disturbing truth... → Read More

Coronavirus: China to have 600 million doses of vaccines ‘ready for use this year’, China News

China will have 600 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines ready for use this year and will make “a major announcement” soon, a scientist in charge of vaccine development in the country said on Friday (Dec 4). Wang Junzhi, from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and also deputy head of an expert task force on vaccine development under the State Council,... → Read More

Coronavirus: Beijing tells Chinese vaccine makers to get ready for mass production, China News

Two Chinese vaccine makers have been told to get ready for mass production and to finish inoculating high-risk groups against Covid-19 this year – even though their experimental drugs are still in clinical trials and efficacy data has not yet been released. Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan delivered the message on Wednesday (Dec 2) as she visited two drug companies and the... → Read More

Brazil suspends China coronavirus vaccine trial after 'unrelated death', World News

Brazil’s health regulator has suspended the large, late-stage trial of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine by Chinese developer Sinovac following the death of a volunteer, which the company’s local partner said was “unrelated” to the vaccine. In a statement on Monday, national health surveillance agency Anvisa said “a severe adverse event” had occurred on October 29 without further elaboration.… → Read More

Chinese drug maker offers experimental Covid-19 vaccines to students heading overseas, China News

A Chinese drug maker is offering its experimental Covid-19 shots to students heading overseas to study, even though the vaccines are still in clinical trials, according to mainland media reports. State-owned China National Biotec Group , or CNBG, says it will provide its two inactivated vaccine candidates for free to such students, without giving any age restrictions, according to financial... → Read More

Coronavirus: Chinese drug firm aims to roll out $120 vaccine this year, China News

Two coronavirus vaccines developed by a Chinese state drug firm are being assessed for “conditional approval” to be administered on the general public, with corporate plans for universal vaccination. China National Biotec Group vice-president Zhang Yuntao said on the weekend that its two-dose vaccines were being reviewed for “conditional approval” from the state drug regulator, and if given the… → Read More

As world grapples with coronavirus pandemic, tuberculosis is having a resurgence, World News

As the globe focuses on the coronavirus pandemic , the world’s most deadly infectious disease is having a resurgence. Public health experts warn that tuberculosis is silently spreading and claiming more lives, as medical resources have been reallocated to fight Covid-19. The World Health Organisation estimates that in 2018, some 10 million people fell ill with TB – a bacterial... → Read More

US-China relations: Nations failing as global leaders, academics say, China News

China and the United States are failing in their roles as world leaders, and the poor state of their relationship is impeding international collaboration in the fight against Covid-19 , academics said on Wednesday. “I see some key global challenges – right now that would be this health pandemic, global climate change, debt problems, bond payment crisis – I really... → Read More

A Covid-19 vaccine may be developed, but will people use it?, World News

Shanghai mother Julia Wei has been closely following Covid-19 vaccine development updates. As a frequent business traveller, she believes an effective vaccine will be the key to a return to social and economic normalcy. Yet as progress is made – four out of seven candidates developed in China are being tested for broader safety and efficacy before they can get... → Read More

How do vaccines and immune systems work, and why could a coronavirus vaccine fail?, World News

Anticipation is running high as scientists around the world race to develop a vaccine for Covid-19 . Some vaccines showed very promising results in early data. But a vaccine is a highly complicated drug that works on the human body’s complex immune system. We will walk you through the issues to explain how the drug and the human body work,... → Read More

Tianjin case reveals mystery of carrier who tests negative, no symptoms, China News

The first local Covid-19 cases in northern Tianjin city in 110 days were infected by an asymptomatic carrier who was believed to have contracted the illness in neighbouring Beijing, a Tianjin CDC official said. “The conclusion is correct and scientific. The most likely method of transmission was human to human but the investigation is continuing in order to find the... → Read More

Coronavirus vaccine could be ready for emergency use within months , China News

China could have a Covid-19 vaccine for use in emergencies as early as this autumn, according to the country’s top respiratory expert, Zhong Nanshan. Zhong’s estimate echoed last month’s comments by Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, that it was drafting guidelines to determine who would be eligible to receive the vaccine, when to... → Read More

China could have Covid-19 vaccine 'ready for public use early next year', China News

China may have a vaccine against the deadly Covid-19 for emergency use by September and for the general public early next year, a top Chinese public health expert has said. This is the first time a Chinese official has put an estimate on the timescale for development of a coronavirus vaccine, believed to be the key to containing the global... → Read More

At least 500 Wuhan medical staff infected with coronavirus, China News

At least 500 hospital staff in Wuhan had been infected with the deadly new strain of coronavirus by mid January, multiple medical sources have confirmed, leaving hospitals short-staffed and causing deep concern among health care workers. While the government has reported individual cases of health care workers becoming infected, it has not provided the full picture, and the sources said doctors… → Read More

Wuhan virus: Scientists identify possible new mode of transmission in human faeces, China, Health News

Chinese scientists have found traces of the new coronavirus in the faeces of some infected patients, possibly indicating an additional mode of transmitting the deadly disease. Health authorities had previously thought the main ways the disease was spread was through respiratory droplet transmission and contact, including touching the face after exposure to a surface containing the virus. → Read More