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Top Chinese official admits vaccines have low effectiveness

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top disease control official, in a rare acknowledgement, said current vaccines offer low protection against the coronavirus and mixing them is among strategies being considered to boost their effectiveness.

China has distributed hundreds of millions of doses of domestically made vaccines abroad and is relying on them for its own mass immunization campaign.

But the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said at a conference Saturday their efficacy rates needed improving.

“We will solve the issue that current vaccines don’t have very high protection rates,” Gao said in a presentation on Chinese COVID-19 vaccines and immunization strategies at a conference in the southwestern city of Chengdu. “It’s now under consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for the immunization process.”

베이징 (AP) - 중국의 질병 통제 책임자는 현재 중국산 백신이 코로나 바이러스가 보호율이 낮으며, '이를 해결하기 위해 다른 백신을 번갈아 접종하는 방안을 고려하고 있다' 라고 말했습니다.

중국은 수억 개의 국내산 백신을 해외에 보급했고, 자체적인 대량 면역 캠페인을 위해서 국내산 백신에 의존하고 있습니다.

하지만 중국 질병통제예방센터의 가오푸 소장은 토요일 회의에서 중국산 백신의 효능을 향상시킬 필요가 있다고 말했습니다.

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