A number of countries, including Egypt, the UAE, Jordan, Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan, have authorized the COVID-19 vaccines produced by China for emergency use. And many more countries, including Chile, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Nigeria, have ordered Chinese vaccines or are cooperating with China in procuring or rolling out the vaccines.
Let’s check the list of world leaders who have received Chinese vaccine shots as part of their vaccination campaign.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo
Indonesia, through its Food and Drug Control Agency, approved China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use on Jan 11.
The agency issued an emergency use authorization for the vaccine after interim results of its late-stage trials in the country showed an efficacy rate of 65.3 percent.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Jan 13, 2021, received the COVID-19 vaccine shot. After the president, the Indonesian military chief, the national police chief and the Health Minister, among others, were also vaccinated.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey started mass vaccination for COVID-19 on Jan 14 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese vaccine.
More than 600,000 health workers in Turkey have received their first doses of COVID-19 shots developed by China’s Sinovac during the first two days of the country’s vaccination program.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Jan 13, 2021, received the Sinovac vaccine along with Turkey’s advisory science council members, one day before the nationwide vaccination begins.
Seychelles’ President Wavel Ramkalawan
The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles began vaccinating its population against the coronavirus on Jan 10, 2021.
The country’s president, Wavel Ramkalawan, was the first to receive the jab, an event broadcast on live television at a hospital in the capital Victoria. Several dozen public figures joined him.
“It’s exactly as if I was getting any vaccine,” he said, encouraging all people on the island nation to get the injection.
The country is using the Chinese vaccine developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm with its subsidiary the China National Biotec Group.
Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Bahrain’s health regulator on Dec 13, 2020, announced it has officially approved the registration of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the China National Pharmaceutical Group, or Sinopharm, according to Bahrain News Agency.
The National Health Regulatory Authority made the decision to approve and use the vaccine after thorough review and evaluation of the clinical trials data.
Bahrain, which has participated in Phase III clinical trials of the vaccine in August, authorized the emergency use of Sinopharm’s vaccine in November to cover those frontline professionals in contact with COVID-19 patients.
Several ministers and senior officials have already received the vaccine in Bahrain, including Bahrain’s crown prince.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The UAE announced on Dec 9, 2020, the official registration of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the China National Pharmaceutical Group, or Sinopharm, the official WAM news agency reported.
The UAE became the first country to offer Chinese-developed COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens and residents for free, on Dec 23. The trials in UAE shows the Chinese vaccine provides 86 percent efficacy against COVID-19 infection.
The vaccine was granted Emergency Use Authorization in September by the health ministry to protect frontline workers most at risk of COVID-19.
The phase III trials in the UAE have included 31,000 volunteers from 125 countries and regions.