Links for Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

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Pieces of news or analysis that caught our eye:

Sinopharm and Sinovac are barreling ahead with experimental vaccines, even before they complete Phase 3 clinical trials and receive formal approval.

  • “Hundreds of thousands of Chinese have been given two experimental Covid-19 vaccines under an emergency scheme without a single case of infection,” the SCMP reports, based on comments from an executive from the China National Biotec Group, also known as Sinopharm.
  • “About 90% of Sinovac Biotech Ltd employees and their families have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese firm under the country’s emergency use program,” that company’s chief executive said on Sunday, per Reuters. Sinovac later revealed some, but not all, of its data from Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials, but it is still conducting Phase 3 trials.

The two companies literally showed off their vaccines at the China International Fair for Trade in Services on September 6, AFP reports.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports: “In an unusual public letter, [pharmaceutical] companies agreed to submit the vaccines for clearance only when they’re shown to be safe and effective in large clinical studies. The chief executive officers of nine frontrunners in the push for a coronavirus inoculation signed the pledge: AstraZeneca Plc, BioNTech SE, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Moderna Inc., Novavax Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Sanofi.”

Missing from the list: Any Chinese or Russian companies.

Context on SupChina: China has been vaccinating essential workers since July 22.

“Thousands of police officers in riot gear filled the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday,” the New York Times reports, as protesters marked the day that the Legislative Council election would have taken place if Chief Executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥 Lín Zhèng Yuè’é) had not delayed it by a year.

Lam’s justification for delaying the election was COVID-19 safety precautions, but that excuse now looks more tenuous than ever: The city reported only six new cases today, the lowest number in two months, per the HKFP.

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