Pioneers of Covid-19 Vaccine Development

On a hot morning in July 2020, Liang Hongyang, deputy director of the No. 6 Vaccine Office of the Beijing Institute of Biological Products (BJIBP) under China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), rushed into the lab working on the COVID-19 vaccine. When he left the BJIBP building, Liang saw tents were pitched and people were waiting in a long queue to get vaccinated. He overheard someone say, “I finally feel safe after getting vaccinated.”

Vaccination Mission

The last day of 2020 marked a milestone in the research and development of inactivated vaccines to fight COVID-19 in China. At a December 31 press conference organized by the State Council Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism Against COVID-19, the National Medical Products Administration announced that it granted conditional emergency usage authorization for an inactivated vaccine for COVID-19 developed by Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd. (BJIBP), a subsidiary of China National Biotec Group (CNBG) under China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm). It was the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use in China.

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