Coronavirus Vaccine Update

  • Indonesia’s Bio Farma says that interim data for a Chinese coronavirus vaccine shows 97% efficacy.
  • The efficacy reading doesn’t appear to be from a Phase 3 trial, however. Also, it refers to the number of volunteers who have developed antibodies rather than the risk of contracting the illness after vaccination.
  • Sinovac is expected to release Phase 3 data for its CoronaVac experimental drug in the coming days.

There’s a stark difference between the way the East and West went about developing coronavirus vaccines. The US, Europe, and other Western nations will not approve any COVID-19 vaccine candidates before human trials reach the end of Phase 3, after sticking to rigorous protocols. Russia is at the other end of the spectrum. The country approved a vaccine for public use before releasing scientific evidence of its safety or effectiveness and before Phase 3 testing was completed. Western researchers even criticized the Phase 1 data that Russia did release.

China is somewhere in between. The country started Phase 1 trials as early as the US did and produced promising scientific research detailing the early phases of vaccine tests. But China started inoculating the general public before Phase 3 studies were done, like Russia. And while China may have started trials as early as the US, it’s unclear when the Phase 3 trial results will be released. But Indonesia’s Bio Farma, which is testing one of the Chinese experimental drugs, says the drug has 97% efficacy, according to interim data. That’s where things get murky.


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