The World Health Organisation has approved two made in China vaccines, a Bivalent Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine (BOPV) and a Hepatitis “A” Vaccine (HAV).
The vaccines have been proved to be effective and safe and UN procuring agencies may now source them.
Mr. Fabio Scano, an officer in the WHO Representative Office in China, said: “prequalification of BOPV is very good news for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
“Following the switch from trivalent OPV to BOPV in 2016, most countries are going to cure polio with the combination of inactivated polio vaccine and BOPV and China will be a sufficient supplier of this essential vaccine.”
The country now has four vaccines prequalified by the WHO.
“We are very pleased to see China’s innovation and production capacity bring lifesaving vaccines to the world through the WHO prequalification program,” said Scano.
WHO declared China polio-free in 2000 however, its neighbours Afghanistan and Pakistan (alongside Nigeria) remain the only three countries still plagued by a polio endemic.
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