The news, published on social and conventional media, claimed that China found the vaccine for Covid-19 based on the statements of the Chinese ambassador to Russia. The tweet shared by Birgün newspaper got 5,400 likes.
The source of the claims is based on the news published on the official website of Chinese Global Television Network (CGTN), in which Zhang Hanhui, the Chinese ambassador to Russia, said Chinese and Russian scientists made progress in developing a vaccine for the virus.
The statement on the official website of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China is that the studies for developing a vaccine for the Covid-19 are being conducted at a few different points and in collaboration with other countries, and the clinical research can be made in April at the earliest.
The content written by Wang Huimin mentions Zhang Gaiping and his team have made great progress in developing the vaccine, but they need time for the last phase.
Also, the World Health Organization and USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained any drug or vaccine for the disease has not been found yet on their websites.
The stages that should be completed to develop a vaccine are as follows:
- Exploratory stage: the formula of the vaccine is determined.
- Pre-clinical stage: the formula is developed before clinical experiments.
- Clinical development: Experimental subjects receive the trial vaccine.
- Regulatory review and approval: It is approved that the vaccine does not harm human health and protects against the disease.
- Manufacturing: The vaccine starts to be manufactured.
- Quality control: Its quality is inspected after manufacturing.
The explanation made by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the words of scientists show us that even the third stage to develop the vaccine for the Covid-19 has not started yet, but the great effort and source have been given to complete the first two stages in such a short period.
In conclusion, the claim the vaccine for the Covid-19 is not true. The post in question is an example of a false connection.
World Health Organization, Frequently Asked Questions
CGNT, China, Russia making progress in COVID-19 vaccine development: ambassador, 25 February 2020
CDC, 2019 N-Cov, Prevention and Treatment
explanation on the official website of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China
New.qq.com, The team of Zhang Gaiping completed another important stage in developing a vaccine for the coronavirus 22 February 2020
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