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China’s Latest Vaccine Is Made from Hamster Ovary Cells

This is the fourth vaccine China has approved for emergency use.

China has approved its fifth Covid-19 vaccine, and it’s made from the ovary cells of hamsters.

The vaccine was developed by Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical Co. and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It was developed by a team led by George Gao, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences said in a statement on Tuesday that the Chinese government had given the shot authorization for emergency use on March 10. This is the fourth vaccine China has approved for emergency use after two vaccines made by Sinopharm, a state-owned vaccine maker, and one developed by Sinovac, a private Beijing company. It has also approved a fifth vaccine, made by the Chinese company CanSino Biologics in partnership with the military, for general use.

READ MORE AT THE NY TIMES

PHOTO CREDIT: sergio santos

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