EU May Exclude China-Made Vaccines as Vietnam Looks Elsewhere

The European Union is expected to exclude Chinese-made vaccines from its “vaccine passport” certification program because they aren’t approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At the same time, Vietnam is reportedly buying large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines from Western countries and Russia, although not from China. On March 12, Euronews reported that the EU is expected to vote on a “vaccine passport” proposal on March 17 as a requirement for travel within the EU. The “passport” could only accept vaccines approved by the EMA, according to Ylva Johansson, commissioner for internal affairs of the EU. At present, the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved by the EMA, with trial data for all four vaccines published in medical journals. The AstraZeneca vaccine has been temporarily suspended by several European nations due to potential side effects. None of the Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the EMA. …

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