Effectiveness of Chinese Vaccines Questioned as Sinovac Biotech Profits Soar

Updated: 2021-06-10 19:31:22

More than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered in China; but so far, the Chinese government has not announced any vaccine-related deaths, although 80 deaths occurred after vaccination in Hong Kong where the same Chinese vaccine was shipped.

In the meantime, the Hong Kong government just announced that it would no longer count post-vaccination deaths that do not have a strong correlation to COVID-19 vaccines. And this has raised a lot of eyebrows. A virology expert said that a phase 3 clinical trial of the Chinese vaccines has two major problems.

The Communist Party’s Xinhua news agency said that as of June 2, the cumulative number of vaccinations in China had exceeded 700 million doses, going from 600 million to 700 million doses in just five days.

However, with such a large number of vaccinations, the first official report on adverse reactions to vaccination was only released by the Chinese CDC on May 28.

The report said that by the end of April, 265 million doses of Chinese vaccines had been administered, with 31,434 adverse reactions. Among them, only 188 were deemed serious.

However, the report did not mention the specific symptoms and did not include any instances of death.

One Death 5 Minutes After Vaccination

Although the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has not announced any deaths after vaccination, news of serious abnormal reactions among mainlanders continues to spread, and one recipient reportedly died very quickly after receiving the vaccine.

A staff member of China’s CDC system, Ms. Lan, told Radio Free China, that a resident at Ningjing County in Hebei Province died only 5 minutes after receiving the Chinese vaccine on May 31. Two other residents showed very serious reactions and had to be sent to the ICU ward of No. 3 Hospital in Shijiazhuang City on the same day.

Ms. Lan said that there was another serious incident that happened on June 1 at the vaccination site at the Sports Center of Hebei province.

According to an April report from the Hebei CDC’s Immunization Planning Institute, “Monthly Analysis of COVID-19 Vaccine AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunization) in Hebei Province,” obtained by The Epoch Times in Hebei Province, a total of 11,900,189 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered from Dec. 2 last year to April 30 this year, with 1,542 cases of AEFI reported, of which nine people died.

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An April report from the Hebei CDC’s Immunization Planning Institute, “Monthly Analysis of COVID-19 Vaccine AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunization) in Hebei Province.”

Currently, the WHO has approved the emergency use of two Chinese vaccines: CoronaVac made by Sinovac, and BIBP made by Sinopharm/China National Pharmaceutical Group.

However, Ms. Lan revealed that the data provided by the CCP to the WHO was allegedly falsified, and that the rate of adverse reactions to vaccines in China was much higher than the data released by the CDC on May 28.

Problems With the Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Sinopharm Vaccine

The interim phase 3 clinical trial report of the Sinopharm vaccine was finally published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on May 26. The trial report of the Sinovac vaccine is still in preprint.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Dr. Dong Yuhong, a European expert on virology and infectious diseases, and a chief scientist at a biotechnology company, pointed out that that there are two major problems with the report.

First, in a phase 3 clinical trial, the most important thing is to observe the protective power of the vaccine for the elderly, yet only 5 percent of the participants were elderly people in the trial conducted in Brazil, and less than 2 percent in the trial in the Middle East.

Dong said, “Can the vaccine protection figures obtained from the young population, which is the least susceptible to COVID-19, be considered the true protection figure of the vaccine?”

Secondly, when the vaccine enters the body, the general side effects (such as fever and fatigue) caused by the immune response should be higher than those of a control (comparison) group.

Dong said it is puzzling that the proportion of side effects in the Sinopharm vaccine group is equal to or even lower than that of the control group, “Which leads people to wonder, has the Sinopharm vaccine really induced an immune response? Are there really enough antibodies produced in the recipients’ bodies?” Dong said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, data from Serbia, where the Sinopharm vaccine was administered, showed that as many as 29 percent of the 150 participants with an average age of over 65 had no demonstrable antibodies three months after receiving the second dose. Local academics questioned the adequacy of the Sinopharm vaccine to protect the elderly.

The East African island nation of Seychelles and the Middle Eastern island nation of Bahrain both experienced a significant increase in infections despite high levels of inoculation with the Sinopharm vaccine.

Vaccination in Guangzhou and Shenzhen Halted

According to the government of Guangdong Province in China, at present, in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and other cities the vaccination coverage rate among the 18- to 59-year-old target population is more than 70 percent.

But recently, there have been serious surges of the mutated strain of the CCP virus cases in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as the surrounding Foshan, Maoming, Southwest Guangxi, Nanning, and other cities.

Lei Chunliang, the director of the No. 8 Hospital Affiliated with Guangzhou Medical University, revealed that as of June 1, the hospital had admitted more than 50 local patients with COVID-19, and four of the newly infected had already received the first dose of vaccine.

While the new cases were surging, and when it was a good time for the vaccine to play its role, Longhua District in Zhenshen City suddenly announced on June 6 that vaccinations would be suspended. The authorities didn’t explain why.

On May 31, Guangzhou City also announced that the vaccinations would be halted. Vice mayor Li Ming said there were two reasons for this decision. First, the city needed to focus on the testing; second, the city needed to prevent crowds from gathering to reduce the risk of cross-infection.

However, footage from Guangzhou shows tens of thousands of people were gathering without sufficient social distancing as they lined up for the testing.

While the suspension of vaccination has caused doubts as to the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines, Gao Fu, the director of China CDC, said at the 7th Annual Academic Conference of the Chinese Academy of Sciences that human beings need to learn to “live in peace with the virus and slowly get used to such a life” as the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more and more like influenza.

“After we all get used to the flu, and flu happens every year, and that’s called a normal life,” Gao Fu said.

He then stressed that after herd immunity was established because of the vaccinations, the focus on dealing with  COVID-19 would no longer be how to prevent infection, but how to prevent deaths and serious symptoms and reduce the burden that the disease causes.

Latin America

Because of the lack of transparency in the data, there is no way to know whether the Chinese vaccines can really prevent serious symptoms and deaths in China.

However, the number of deaths in Latin America, which heavily relies on the Chinese vaccine, has exceeded one million.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), countries including Chile, El Salvador, Brazil, and Uruguay rely almost entirely on Chinese vaccines. As of May 14, 65 percent of vaccines administered in 26 Latin American countries came from China.

Among these countries, Brazil has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, with nearly 480,000 deaths as of June 9. Brazil’s Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes said at a meeting of the Brazilian Health Council on April 27, “The Chinese invented the virus and its vaccine is less effective than the American vaccine.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a May 30 interview with Zooming in China, “When they (China) deliver PPE across the world that doesn’t work. They now have a vaccine that they’re attempting to ship all across the world. I’ll leave to professionals to determine how effective that  is.”

Pompeo said he wants all vaccines to be effective, but finds it very hard to trust the CCP and prefers to use Western vaccines to protect his family.

Sinovac Biotech

As of June 9, worldwide, more than 3.75 million people have died from COCID-19 and over 174 million have been diagnosed with the disease, according to tracking data on the Johns Hopkins University website.

With the endorsement of the World Health Organization (WHO), the CCP has transformed itself from a virus spreader to a vaccine provider, and has embarked on vaccine diplomacy amidst a chorus of skepticism.

Li Xingqian, the head of the foreign trade department of China’s Ministry of Commerce said in a June 7 interview with the CCP mouthpiece CCTV that China has exported vaccines to more than 40 countries and has been encouraging four vaccine manufacturers to actively expand exports.

On May 11, Liu Peicheng, the press spokesman of Sinavac’s parent company Sinovac Biotech, revealed that according to incomplete statistics, the cumulative global supply of Sinavac vaccine is at 380 million doses.

According to the estimates by several securities companies in China, Sinovac Biotech’s net profit in the first quarter of 2021 could be as high as $1.57 billion, based on a net profit of about $7.83 per dose.

Hong Kong Government Halts Releasing Some Vaccine Related Death Data

On June 1, the Hong Kong government announced that they would only count deaths that are “potentially” related to vaccination.

Dr. Ma Chung Yee, president of the Hong Kong Public Medical Doctors Association, said, “People die every day whether they get vaccinated or not, and there is no reason why there is not a single death case [in China] after hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated.”

She said that if the Hong Kong government followed the CCP’s approach, from now on there wouldn’t be any death cases being reported in Hong Kong as well, and this proves once again Hong Kong has become “one country, one system” with China.

According to the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, from May 24 to May 30, 12 more deaths and 4 miscarriages after vaccination occurred in Hong Kong.

This brings the total death number to 80, miscarriages 23,  strokes 244,  and myocardial infarction to 90 as of May 30.

People of Hong Kong have been questioning the government’s reporting decision.

Cheng Chung-tai, Member of the Legislative Council, and Chairman of Civic Passion, said at the question and answer session of the Legislative Council on June 2 that the government is purposely covering up things that cannot bear the light of day.

When responding to the policy change on June 2, Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, said, “Whenever it is announced that a person has passed away, and that person has received the vaccine a while ago, it gives a wrong impression [about the vaccination].  This may affect the public’s confidence [in the vaccine].”

She said the policy change was to avoid “unnecessary misunderstandings” caused by “the release of information, or some kind of expressions or reports.”

In Hong Kong, only about 21 percent of people have been vaccinated since the large-scale vaccinations started on February 26 this year.

The vaccination rate of Hong Kong’s medical staff is also not high. The Hospital Authority revealed that only one-third of medical staff have received vaccinations.

An official warned on May 25 that Hong Kong may soon have to throw away millions of vials of vaccine as they are about to expire because not enough people are registered to receive them.

The Hong Kong government responded on the same day that, as of May 24, 840,000 doses of vaccine in Hong Kong will expire in mid-August, and if they are not used up by then, they may be donated to other places.

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