On the first day of 2021, a report titled ‘A flurry of international orders for Chinese vaccines’ was published by the South China Morning Post. Two days later, a number of other Chinese Communist Party(CCP)’s domestic media such as Reference News, Ifeng and Sina continued to report on this story. Undoubtedly, this is yet another example of a common propaganda method by the CCP – biased reporting.
In these media, the CCP media just mentioned part of the original content that in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia have ordered millions of doses from China’s vaccine developers, which include Sinopharm, Sinovac Biotech and CanSino Biologics. Pakistan and Hungary were among the string of countries lining up to order coronavirus vaccines from China as Chinese regulators approved the country’s first Covid-19 vaccine.
The articles by these CCP media also quoted foreign vaccine researchers, including Drew Thompson, a visiting senior research fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and Dominic Meagher, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University.
Simone McCarthy who wrote the original article also showed her concern about the efficacy of the vaccine and transparency of the CCP government. McCarthy mentioned that the vaccine, developed under state-owned Sinopharm, has 79 per cent efficacy against the disease in interim results, however Chinese health officials gave few details about the assessment’s methodology. Dominic Meagher, the visiting fellow from Australia, said vaccine development was a highly complex task and it was not clear how it would play out until people are actually vaccinated safely and effectively.
According to McCarthy, the Chinese officials have released very little information about the analysis of the vaccine. The only data released was that:
- the trials included 60,000 people in several countries,
- there was mild fever that occurred in less than 0.1 per cent of the participants and a serious allergic reaction at a rate of about two per million.
Can we trust these data without verifying, considering that these come from the CCP who covered up and lied about the outbreak of Covid-19 when it started off in Wuhan?
The CCP could have stopped the virus from spreading to other cities and countries, and therefore prevented the carnage and death that this pandemic has caused.
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