Chinese vaccine expert says Sinopharm 'most unsafe in world', has 73 adverse side effects

By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Vaunted Sinopharm vaccine has 73 side effects and "most unsafe vaccine in the world," Chinese vaccine expert revealed Wednesday, January 6 (TST).

Tao Lina (陶黎納), a Shanghai-based vaccine expert and a former Shanghai disease prevention and control employee, recently uploaded a digital version of the vaccine's instruction manual onto his Weibo page, reported Hong Kong's Ming Pao newspaper.

The vaccine expert found that there were 73 local/systemic adverse reactions associated with the vaccine.

"I took in a long cold breath, and counted the conditions listed in the 'adverse reactions' column," he stated after he read the manual.

He bared 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.

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 has more types of adverse reactions than this product. He also asserted that this number of adverse reactions is "absolutely unprecedented."

He stated that other doctors jokingly described the manual as "one long disclaimer." However, he alleged that as long as the side effects are listed in the manual, recipients are not entitled to compensation if they occur.

He also warned the company for it might be immune to lawsuits from people seeking compensation for suffering the vaccine's side effects and that the provincial governments will be expected to provide recompense instead.

Tao suggested that the provincial governments will then face most of the blame if there are 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."

On Dec. 30 of last year, 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 communist country.

On Dec. 31, China approved the use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm, which claimed the jab has an efficacy rate of 79.34 percent based on late-stage trials, behind the Pfizer vaccine’s 95 percent and Moderna’s 94 percent.

China is embarking on a campaign to vaccinate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February. The country has been mired in a slew of vaccine scandals over the past years that have damaged its credibility in vaccine production, wrote Associated Press.

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