Imported HPV vaccines become available in mainland China


Human papillomavirus (HPV) describes a large group of related viruses that cause warts. These can be harmless, but genital infections in women can lead to cervical cancer. Two types of HPV vaccines are now available (in Chinese) in mainland China, after approval from China’s Food and Drug Administration.

  • Cervarix, developed and manufactured by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, first entered the Chinese market in July last year.
  • It can protect against HPV type 16 and HPV type 18 viruses, which account for 70 percent of the causes of cervical cancer.
  • People aged 9 to 25 are eligible for this vaccine.
  • It costs about 2,000 yuan ($333).
  • Gardasil 4 is developed and manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.
  • It can effectively prevent several types of less common HPV viruses.
  • People aged 20 to 45 are eligible for this vaccine.
  • It costs about 2,500 yuan ($416).

Social media reactions to the vaccines’ availability were generally positive. One typical response (in Chinese) was: “I am spending money to buy insurance. This is not expensive.”


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China’s social media and video-streaming platforms are restricting viewing of dangerous stunts, a move that comes after a popular stunt climber was confirmed to have died while scaling a skyscraper.

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