‘Chinese vaccines face criticism for lower efficacy’

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Dr. Andrea Cox, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a special interest in immunization, has provided expert advice on COVID-19 vaccines….reports Asian Lite News

China as it tries to promote its vaccines have been questioned on its efficacy.

Sinovac and Sinopharm are China’s leading vaccine makers, and both manufactures are not preferred ones in countries that have access to others, according to Voice of America.

Dr. Andrea Cox, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a special interest in immunization, has provided expert advice on COVID-19 vaccines.

“Chinese vaccines are not as effective as the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, so they aren’t the preferred jabs in countries that have access to the others,” he said.

“That scientist takes a type of bacteria — or in this case, a virus — and inactivate or kill it. They then inject it into people. Because the virus is dead, it can’t infect anyone. Then, if a vaccinated person is exposed to the live virus, that person’s body recognizes it and fights it off, ” he added.

The hnsays the Sinovac vaccine is about 50% effective, while Sinopharm’s effectiveness is higher, at 78%, World Health Organization reported.

Earlier, World Health Organization says safe and effective vaccines are a game-changing tool, but it recommends continued mask-wearing, frequent hand-washing, good indoor ventilation, physical distancing and avoiding crowds, Further, it recommends getting, getting vaccinated.

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Covid protocols or ‘Grandpa Xi’?

Teachers in Chinese schools are unsure whether they should focus on implementing Covid-19 protocols or teach the new subject introduced this year on their President titled ‘Grandpa Xi Jinping.’

Earlier, the primary, secondary and high school curriculum was expanded this year to include the new subject: Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era Xi. The students are expected to know, understand and practice the Xi philosophy of life by the time they are ready to exit school, according to Hong Kong Post.

Meanwhile, new textbooks were introduced in the Chinese school system that essentially teach the same thing, that President is, as western media reports explained, “to be seen as the undisputed authority on everything”.

However, China’s national textbook committee has tailored the school-to-university curriculum to “comprehensively introduce Xi’s views on economics, politics, the rule of law, science and technology, culture, education, ethnic policies, religion, national defence, ecological civilisation, party-building and diplomacy”.

Also, the first day of the new academic year was a deja vu for the grandparents and parents of the students who were forced to learn everything about Mao Zedong.

Earlier, the personality cult carried to the next generation with the textbooks glorifying the era of Grandpa Deng (Xiaoping) and Grandpa Wen (Jiabao), according to Hongkong Post.

Also, the current generation of students have given Grandpa Xi textbooks. They are specially tailored for each age group, down to children as young as six.

Further, China watchers see the pattern of a growing personality cult in the country. Earlier, the textbooks focused only on the Communist Party and its ideals but now it focuses on the President as a part of the Personality Cult. (ANI)

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