11 May 2021,   15:27
Chinese CDC director refutes interpretation of "low protection rate of Chinese vaccines"

The Director of the Chinese Center of Disease Control (China CDC) refuted claims by some media outlets and overseas social media platform users that the director “admitted” Chinese COVID-19 vaccines have a low protection rate, saying that “it was a complete misunderstanding”.

In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, Gao Fu, head of the China CDC, said as scientists around the world are discussing vaccine efficacy, he offered a scientific vision: that to improve the efficacy, adjustment of vaccination procedures and sequential inoculation of different types of vaccines might be options.

“The protection rates of all vaccines in the world are sometimes high, and sometimes low. How to improve their efficacy is a question that needs to be considered by scientists around the world. In this regard, I suggest that we can consider adjusting the vaccination process, such as the number of doses and intervals and adopting sequential vaccination with different types of vaccines”, - said Gao.

He stressed that as it is the first time human beings have encountered COVID-19, there are many scientific problems to be studied when it comes to vaccinations.

The Head of the China CDC called for people to get a shot as the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks: “Vaccines have to be used fairly and the world should share vaccines. If the world doesn"t share vaccines, the virus will share the world”.