In a reaction that could be taken as trade warfare, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) called for the suspension of vaccination against the CCP Virus using Pfizer products, arguing that “they are not as good as expected.”
After the Butantan Institute of Brazil reported that the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine, of Chinese origin, was only 50.4% effective, CCP media began to discredit the vaccines of its competitors, according to Breitbart on Jan.15.
This would include the U.S. vaccines of Sinovac, Pfizer, and Moderna. Specifically, the CCP called for a ban on the Pfizer vaccine that was blamed for the likely deaths of 23 elderly Norwegians.
Previously, Brazil had reported the adverse effects when one of the volunteers died after being vaccinated with one of the vaccines of Chinese origin on Nov. 9.
One difficulty is that despite the announcements that the Oxford vaccines are 70% effective and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 95 percent effective, the large variations presented in the methodology of the trials from one country to another do not help to clearly compare them, said BBC.
Likewise, the differences in the criteria used to measure the protection levels of the vaccines are even more confusing.
The CCP vaccine, also known as CoronaVac, causes concern that the drugs developed in China are not subject to the same public scrutiny as the US and European alternatives, according to Reuters.
In a Dec. 4 report, Washington Post said Sinovac Biotech had been found to have a record of bribing Chinese drug regulators to secure vaccine approvals, which had raised serious questions about its products’ safety.
Between 2002 and 2011, administrator Yin Weidong gave more than $83,000 in bribes to Yin Hongzhang, a vaccine regulatory official, to “speed up the approval process” for Sinovac’s vaccine certifications.
While Yin was not punished, Hongzhang was sentenced to 10 years in prison when it was discovered that he had received bribes from eight companies.
Court rulings show that at least 20 other government officials and hospital administrators confessed to accepting bribes from Sinovac between 2008 and 2016.
The entire handling of the CCP Virus pandemic has been highly controversial, from its still suspicious start to the effectiveness of the vaccines, in addition to incessant rumors that the vaccines will be mandatory.
WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan said there are still doubts about the effectiveness of vaccination in preventing infection.
“At the moment I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on,” she said earlier this month.
“I think until we know more; we need to assume that people who have been vaccinated need to take the same precautions until there’s a certain level of herd immunity that has been built in the population,” Swaminathan added.