With the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine currently being rolled out among high-risk groups across the country, authorities are receiving increasing inquiries from foreigners, according to the Global Times. The state-controlled newspaper said that while general registration for the vaccine is not currently available in to foreigners in most provinces, those who find themselves in high-risk groups will be vaccinated alongside their Chinese counterparts.
The article comes on the back of news out of Brazil that the Chinese-made Sinovac Biotech vaccine is much less effective than previously thought. According to a statement published by the government of Sao Paulo on Tuesday, late-stage trials show the vaccine is only 50.38 percent effective, much lower than the 78 percent previously announced. While the Brazil numbers exceed the threshold for regulatory approval, the revelation has raised questions about the level of transparency in regards to Chinese vaccines.
Nevertheless, the Chinese government has pledged to vaccinate 50 million people ahead of Chinese New Year. The inoculation of high-risk groups — including students and teachers, medical staff, delivery drivers, F&B workers and cold-chain personnel— has already begun in many cities, including Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. Authorities in most of China’s first-tier cities have apparently confirmed to the Global Times that foreigners in these groups will be able to receive the vaccine through their organization.
The newspaper reports how an American woman working at a university in Shanghai has already received a Sinopharm vaccine alongside her colleagues as part of a voluntary group inoculation program. She said the vaccine was available to all foreign staff who had been in China for at least 14 days and was paid for by the university.
Meanwhile, Guangzhou’s health authority has confirmed that foreign residents can apply for a dose of the vaccine with their passport or the Chinese ID card of an immediate family member. Applicants will need to pay RMB200 per dose and be able to prove they have an urgent need to travel abroad in order to receive approval. Such an option is not currently available in other cities, however. Chengdu, for example, is currently only allowing foreigners with green cards to register for the vaccine.
Some expat organizations are taking matters into their own hands by independently importing batches of foreign-made vaccines for their members. The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, for example, is planning to offer the Pfizer vaccine to its members and their families, according to reports. Those interested will need to be an American citizen or connected to an American company and pay a membership fee of more than RMB4,000, however.
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Good news Guangdong expats: foreign nationals in the province will be able to apply for the domestically produced COVID-19 vaccine starting April 12. Foreigners who apply will be doing so voluntarily and acknowledge possible risks related to inoculation.
Apr 13, 2021 10:08 Report Abuse
Foreigners who have opted into the local health insurance program can receive the two-shot vaccine free of charge just like Chinese nationals. Otherwise, they can get the vaccine at 100 yuan (about 15 U.S. dollars) per dose, which is "completely affordable."
Apr 09, 2021 10:08 Report Abuse
The Chinese vaccine makes no sense because it is barely 50% effective and has serious side effects. Pfizer, Moderna, and, soon, J&J makes complete sense because they are highly effective. Are the people who recovered from Covid truly recovered? And how long are they immune? This remains to be seen. We have a moral obligation to do whatever is necessary to protect the 1%.
Jan 16, 2021 04:04 Report Abuse
the virus called 'Covid 19' has never been isolated, so how can there be a 'vaccine'? (When asked, health authorities around the world agree on this but of course no-one wants to hear this) The average age of the MAJORITY those who have died 'with covid' has been above the average age of citizens of those countries and have had AT LEAST 1 other co-morbidity. In Holland 3 medical professionals have died after taking the vaccine. These are 'vaccines' UNTESTED on animals ( a critical text phase on all medication) - Humans are being used as guinea-pigs. But i suppose NOTHING and NO-ONE matters in this world any more except 'Covid'. The huge rise in suicides, the increase in domestic abuse, people dying of other treatable medical conditions, increase in child poverty and malnutrition around the world. They don't matter. Only 'Covid' and the profits of indemnified vaccine manufactures matter. Natural immunity has an over 99% success rate. But that does not matter. There is no profit in allowing natural immunity occur (otherwise known as 'nature') do what nature does. I'll tell my friend who now can not get her cancer treated because the Heath Service are cancelling ALL such treatments that she does not matter - it is not 'covid'. Her cancer, if treated last year would not now be terminal. Facts and evidence don't matter - only 'Covid' and the profits to be made matter.
Jan 16, 2021 17:07 Report Abuse