In what is believed to be a world first, China’s commercial capital of Shanghai this week introduced a new type of COVID-19 vaccine that is inhaled rather than administered via injection. Inhalable Covid Vaccine is very flexible which will create a good impact.
Chinese regulators approved the vaccine, produced by Chinese pharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics, for use as a booster in September of Inhalable Covid Vaccine.
And now the first people are starting to receive the vaccine, which is inhaled via the mouth from a vessel that looks like a take-out coffee cup with a short mouthpiece.
“Our body’s first line of defence is the mucus membrane of our respiratory system, we want that to be directly stimulated to improve immunity and using the inhaled vaccine does that,” Dr Zhao Hui, chief medical officer at Shanghai United Family Hospital Pudong, told Reuters.
His hospital is among those administering the new vaccine, which will be used as well as regular injected shots.
Commenting on what he said was a first use of the technology, Erwin Loh, chief medical officer at St Vincent’s Health Australia, said the advent of inhaled vaccines was important not only because of their potential to guard against infection, but also because they could lessen vaccine hesitancy.
“There is a large proportion of people who are resistant to taking the vaccine because they have a needle phobia. They may not articulate it, but that’s what’s in their mind,” he said.
Increasing the uptake of vaccinations is vital for China, which remains a global outlier as it sticks to its “zero-COVID” policy, aiming to eliminate community outbreaks of the virus.
Shanghai, which reported no new domestically transmitted symptomatic coronavirus cases for Oct. 27 and 11 local asymptomatic cases, is still subject to targeted lockdowns impacting residential buildings and businesses in the city.
According to official Chinese government data, more than 90% of its population has been vaccinated. The country has relied on domestically produced, inactivated shots and has yet to import or introduce its own version, of an mRNA vaccine. The inhalable vaccine is an aerosol version of an inactive shot.
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