MINSK, 15 April (BelTA) – Vaccine disinformation is hampering the global fight against the coronavirus infection, the Chinese Embassy in Belarus told BelTA.
“Reports about the low efficacy of the Chinese vaccine are a deliberate misinterpretation of the situation,” the diplomatic mission said. “Some Western media and foreign users of social networks have been spreading information that Director of the China Centers for Disease Control Gao Fu allegedly admitted the low effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines produced in the PRC, and that China is allegedly considering other immunization programs to address the problem of low protection rates. This is a total misconception,” the embassy noted.
It went on saying: “Some deliberately misinterpret and discredit Chinese vaccines. Gao Fu has already explained it in an interview with the Global Times. In particular, he said that the protection rates of all vaccines in the world are sometimes high, and sometimes low. How to improve their efficacy is a question that needs to be considered by scientists around the world. He suggested considering adjustments to the vaccination process based on the peculiaritis of the new coronavirus. The WHO requirement for the efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine is 50% or above, and the qualified threshold for most vaccines in the world to be marketed is about 70% or above.”
The diplomatic mission explained that China had published the first edition of guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination. “The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks. Vaccines should be used fairly and the world should share vaccines. If the world doesn't share vaccines, the virus will divide the world,” the embassy noted.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian also touched on this topic during a regular press conference, saying that the media reports about the Chinese vaccines were based on a complete misunderstanding of the situation. “Vaccines are used to fight epidemics and save lives, and these media reports should be objective and evidence-based and they should not use statements taken out of context or deliberately misinterpret information to gain attention, otherwise they can seriously mislead the public and it can cost people their lives,” the diplomatic mission said.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, China has always adhered to the concept of building community of common health for mankind, joining forces with other countries in the fight against the infection and sharing its expertise and knowledge. China is also fulfilling the demand of President Xi Jinping to make vaccines a global public benefit and take an active part in the COVID-19 vaccine program of the World Health Organization. China has shared COVID-19 vaccines with many countries, including its friend Belarus. Government members of many countries, having been the first to get the Chinese vaccine, show their confidence in them. Reputable experts and residents of many countries have expressed their confidence in Chinese vaccines,” the embassy noted.
The diplomatic mission emphasized that the international community is currently facing a difficult situation, when dramatic transformations in the world are taking place against the background of the unprecedented epidemiological catastrophe, and none of the countries can survive on its own.
China gives advice to all ill-wishers: smearing and discrediting the Chinese vaccine can be detrimental to the global fight against the pandemic. “Dropping prejudices, alienation and hostility, joining efforts for a victory over the pandemic is the only way out,” the diplomatic mission concluded.