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[Singapore] 'Significant' problems linked to Sinovac vaccine in other countries: MOH official

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Director of medical services Kenneth Mak addresses reporters at a virtual press conference aby the multi-ministry taskforce on COVID-19 (PHOTO: Ministry of Communications and Information)
SINGAPORE — There is a significant risk of "vaccine breakthrough" with the Sinovac vaccine, or CoronaVac, with international evidence showing that many who had taken it were later infected with COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health's (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak on Friday (18 June).
Addressing reporters at a virtual media briefing by the multi-ministry taskforce on the coronavirus, Associate Professor Kenneth Mak said that Singapore has been assessing the experience of countries such as Indonesia, which has vaccinated a "larger proportion" of the population using CoronaVac.
Alluding to recent reports that more than 350 doctors and medical workers in Indonesia were infected with COVID-19 despite being vaccinated with CoronaVac, Associate Professor Mak noted, "It's not a problem associated with Pfizer. This is actually a problem associated with the Sinovac vaccine, and in other countries, they are now starting to think about booster vaccinations, even six months out from an original vaccination for some of these vaccines as well.
"So it does give the impression that the efficacy of different vaccines will vary quite significantly," said Prof Mak, stressing that Singapore has "great confidence" in the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, of which more than 4.7 million doses have so far been administered in the country.
Prof Mak was responding to a question on whether Singapore intends to introduce the Sinovac vaccine into its national vaccination programme. On Wednesday, 24 healthcare institutions were licensed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to provide the Sinovac vaccine to those who wish to take it.
The 24 institutions were selected under the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics Act (PHMCA) to be licensed providers under the Special Access Route (SAR). A number of the approved institutions have been seeing long queues of individuals forming at their premises, with some saying their telephones lines have been ringing non-stop in recent days, according to local media reports.


Sinovac remains unregistered and is not authorised by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), and is to be provided only under the SAR framework. As such, it will not be covered under the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme (VIFAP) meant for the national vaccination programme.

Prof Mak noted that there still is some "outstanding data" on the vaccine that Sinovac has not provided to HSA, which is required to give "complete assurance" about its quality and safety profile. "We look forward, if data becomes available for us, then to (commence) this process of evaluation but unfortunately we're not able to do so."

 

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"it gives the impression"
"alluding to recent reports"

This piece is just recycling and echoing the American disinformation deliberately omitting half the facts and using misleading paraphrasing to invent another drama story about China this troll already posted yesterday.

But blaming low efficacy numbers of Pfizer and other glorified "Western" vaccines in the real hotbed scenarios on the proven vaccines now. Stay classy
 
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well it does have one of the lowest efficacy numbers
Efficacy is based on the individual, not on the vaccine. Vaccine itself is not made up of nanobots that fight infection. Vaccine only helps immune cells fight infection. Also, you don't want it too effective. Chinese have an old saying. Water too clean will kill all the fish. Likewise, people who have too little germs will be wiped out by mother nature. A little bit of germs is healthy.
 

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"it gives the impression"
"alluding to recent reports"

This piece is just recycled and echoing the American disinformation deliberately omitting half the information and using misleading paraphrasing this troll already posted yesterday.

But blaming low efficacy numbers of Pfizer in real hotbed scenarios rather than cherrypicked lab tests and largely unaffected areas on the proven vaccines now. Stay classy
Excuse me.....

We are deploying pfizer because it is the most effective here. J&J is the next for general population. These both are most effective in our situation; no other vaccine is closest.

North West Province is the hardest hit right now in 3rd wave.
Efficacy is based on the individual, not on the vaccine. Vaccine itself is not made up of nanobots that fight infection. Vaccine only helps immune cells fight infection. Also, you don't want it too effective. Chinese have an old saying. Water too clean will kill all the fish. Likewise, people who have too little germs will be wiped out by mother nature. A little bit of germs is healthy.
Not again - here comes the sage with most useless input.
 

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Efficacy is based on the individual, not on the vaccine. Vaccine itself is not made up of nanobots that fight infection. Vaccine only helps immune cells fight infection. Also, you don't want it too effective. Chinese have an old saying. Water too clean will kill all the fish. Likewise, people who have too little germs will be wiped out by mother nature. A little bit of germs is healthy.
so you basically admit that the Chinese vaccine is lowest efficacy

good now move ob and troll elsewhere
 

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so you basically admit that the Chinese vaccine is lowest efficacy
About 50% efficacy is best. Not too effective. Not too ineffective. Flu shot efficacy is about 50% in a good year. Vaccine too effective and people will have too little germs and die out. Vaccine not effective enough will not be bang for the buck.
 

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so you basically admit that the Chinese vaccine is lowest efficacy

good now move ob and troll elsewhere
Lower efficacy but more safety.

Pfizer use newest mRNA biotechnology that we dont know yet the long term effect.
 

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Johnson and Johnson efficacy is in line with sinovac. it has an efficacy of 60-65%
All these talks of efficacy have no meaning unless folks here understand how the efficacy rate is determined.

If Pfizer and Moderna did its 3rd trial today in says India, its efficacy may well fall below 50%.

If Pfizer,Moderna, etc work so well, why are they suggesting mixing or a combination of both instead just using one alone. It is a strategy aimed as helping each others in face of competitions from the non Western makers.

All the giant Western Pharmaceutical firms are projecting and counting their profits by trillions.

That it why they fear Chinese, Russian or even Indian vaccines which they viewed as keen competitors. :coffee:
 
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All these talks of efficacy have no meaning unless folks here understand how the efficacy rate is determined.

If Pfizer and Moderna did its 3rd trial today in says India, its efficacy may well fall below 50%.

If Pfizer and AstraZeneca works so well, why are they suggesting a mixing or a combination of both instead just using one alone. It is a strategy aimed as helping each others in face of competitions from the non Western makers.

All the giant Western Pharmaceutical firms are projecting and counting their profits by trillions.

That it why they fear Chinese, Russian or even Indian vaccines which they viewed as keen competitors. :coffee:
Precisely, and the Israel which brag to have vaccinated most of its population with Pfizer , forced to go into another lockdown now. More or less tells the BS of western vaccine are very effective. Or better than Chinese vaccine.
 

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