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Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine termed most unsafe in the world

  • Published at 01:42 pm January 11th, 2021
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File photo: A booth, displaying a Covid-19 vaccine candidate from China National Biotech Group (CNBG), is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), in Beijing on September 5, 2020 Reuters

China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine has a total of 73 side effects, including loss of vision, says expert

A Chinese vaccine expert has termed the Sinopharm vaccine from China as the "most unsafe vaccine in the world," as it reportedly is the cause of 73 side effects.

Earlier last year, on December 30, BBIBP-CorV – an inactivated vaccine produced by China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (Sinopharm) – was officially approved by China's National Medical Products Administration for general use in the country. 

This was the first Wuhan Covid-19 vaccine approved by the Chinese government, and the state-run firm claimed that it has an efficacy rate of 79.34% based on late-stage trials, reports Taiwan News.

However, the Shanghai-based vaccine expert Tao Lina recently uploaded a digital version of the vaccine's instruction manual onto his Weibo page, reported Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper. 


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He stated that after he read the manual, "I took in a long cold breath, and counted the conditions listed in the 'adverse reactions' column." He found that there were 73 local/systemic adverse reactions associated with the vaccine.

The vaccine expert found that in addition to pain in the injection site and headache, there were severe side effects listed that were "more likely to occur," such as high blood pressure, loss of vision, loss of taste, delayed menstruation and urinary incontinence.


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He wrote that the 73 adverse reactions to the vaccine listed on the manual make it what he describes as the "most unsafe vaccine in the world in one fell swoop."

Tao wrote that no inactivated vaccine had more types of adverse reactions than this product. He also asserted that this number of adverse reactions was "absolutely unprecedented.”

The vaccine expert also stated that other doctors jokingly described the manual as "one long disclaimer." However, he alleged that as long as the side effects were listed in the manual, recipients were not entitled to compensation if they occurred.


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He warned that the company would be immune to lawsuits from people seeking compensation for suffering the vaccine's side effects and that the provincial governments would be expected to provide recompense instead. Tao suggested that the provincial governments would then face most of the blame if there were major problems with the vaccine.

His Weibo account was quickly deleted by authorities. His page now states "this content cannot be viewed due to violation of regulations."

Tao, 43, has been working in the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SCDC) since August of 2000, and is responsible for vaccine management. 

In late December of last year, Beijing Business Today interviewed him on issues related to the Covid-19 vaccine.

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