Experimental £46 COVID-19 vaccine is made available to residents of Chinese city despite its effects not being proven

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Officials in an eastern Chinese city is offering its residents an experimental coronavirus vaccine for £46 per person – despite the fact that its effects remain unproven.

Key workers and those at high risk from COVID-19 would be among the first to receive the jabs, said the health authority in the city of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province.

Other ‘volunteers’ aged between 18 and 59 with ‘urgent need for vaccination’ may also apply to receive the vaccine developed by the state-owned drug firm Sinovac Biotech, a statement said.

China has been inoculating essential workers with COVID-19 vaccine candidates under an emergency use programme launched in July.

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