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China approves Shanghai Fosun's unit to run human testing for BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine - Metro US

China approves Shanghai Fosun’s unit to run human testing for BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine

Booth of Fosun Pharma is seen at a medical instruments and equipment expo in Beijing

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group said on Friday that its unit has received clinical trial approval from China’s National Medical Products Administration for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by German firm BioNTech.

The experimental COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, is more than 90% effective based on initial results from large trials outside China, BioNTech’s partner Pfizer Inc said on Monday.

Shanghai Fosun said in a company filing that its unit will begin a Phase II clinical trial in China for the candidate when the conditions are ready.

(Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Roxanne Liu. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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