China's First mRNA Vaccine: Drugmaker CSPC Wins China's Approval For COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Chinese health authorities approved CSPC Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd's CSPCY messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use authorization.
  • CSPC's mRNA became China's first domestically developed mRNA shot as COVID cases decline across the country after a resurgence, Reuters reports.
  • CSPS said its vaccine trials demonstrated incidents of adverse effects were substantially lower in an elderly group than an adult group.
  • CSPS said its independently developed mRNA vaccine SYS6006 targets some major Omicron variants. Its booster dose exhibited a good neutralization effect against Omicron subvariants BA.5, BF.7, BQ.1.1., XBB.1.5, and CH.1.1. in clinical trials.
  • CSPC has built a manufacturing practice-compliant production plant for the vaccine. CSPC also produces critical raw materials and excipients.
  • The vaccine could be stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius for a long time.
  • In a study of 4,000 participants from December 10 - January 18, when China was going through a surge in infections, the vaccine showed an efficacy of 85.3%, 14 to 28 days after booster vaccination.
  • CSPC also reported an 8.7% growth in 2022 net profit on Wednesday, backed by several newly launched generic drugs in China's national drug procurement program.
  • China has declined to use global mRNA vaccines, and China's vaccines were deemed less effective than the Moderna, Inc MRNA and Pfizer, Inc PFE-BioNTech SE BNTX mRNA shots.
  • Price Action: MRNA shares traded higher by 0.85% at $153.39 on the last check Wednesday.
  • Image by Spencer Davis from Pixabay
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