A coronavirus vaccine being rolled out globally is still quite a way off, but that hasn't stopped once country from secretly administering a vaccine candidate to specific people.
According to a Bloomberg report, the Chinese government has already begun offering a vaccine candidate developed by China National Biotec Group (CNBG) to state employees who have business overseas. That same program has now extended to specific workers located in Beijing, where the city is seeing spikes in coronavirus cases as of late. The vaccine candidate will be available for people who are working in high-risk areas such as airports.
This vaccine program isn't available for the general public, and has mostly appeared as a secret that is quietly being conducted behind closed doors. China has previously stated that it was prepared to use non-complete vaccines on "special groups", and that certain communities in the general public may become "special groups". According to National Health Commission disease control expert Wu Hao, who spoke to state television, "If you control the source, and cut the chain of transmission, the number will have a cliff-like drop".
At the moment, CNBG is testing two coronavirus vaccines, the first has just been approved for Phase 2 trials, and the second is entering Phase 3, where testing will be stationed abroad. There was also no specifics on what vaccine Beijing workers were being given.
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