Connecting Africa to China
China promises more support for Africa at FOCAC
Chinese president, Xi Jinping, pledged to donate a further one billion Covid-19 vaccines to Africa. Beijing also said it would invest no less than $15 billion in the continent over the next 36 months. Xi’s announcement, which was broadcast via video link, was made at the opening of the... Read more
WHO gives Sinovac the all-clear
The leading public health authority, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has officially approved the Chinese-developed Sinovac Biotech Covid vaccine. The vaccine, which has seen use in more than 30 countries, received the WHO’s emergency use status last Tuesday. This means it can now be considered by COVAX, the global... Read more
China makes strides in new vaccine technology
With the race to produce vaccines one of the biggest challenges of our time, China may soon have its very own domestically produced messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccine. The revolutionary vaccine technology has only been applied to the Pfizer-BioNtech and the Moderna vaccines so far and is hailed for... Read more
Chinese Covid vaccine wins patent approval
Tianjin-based vaccine producer, CanSino Biologics, has won patent approval for its Ad5-nCOV vaccine candidate. The Covid-19 vaccine was approved in Beijing on 11 August, Chinese state-owned media reported citing documents released by China’s Intellectual Property Administration. The Ad5-nCOV candidate was co-developed by CanSino Biologics and a team of infectious... Read more