Shifting sands of COVID-19 vaccine supply race give U.S. new advantage

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I am not against using anyone's vaccine, provided that it works, and is safe. However, there have been several reputable news organizations that reported that the Chinese vaccines are not very efficacious, which rather puts into question the value of using the Chinese vaccines.

The BBC article states that at least one of the Chinese vaccines is only about 50% effective, and a recent article about the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Seychelles quoted a rate of 77% effective. If the Chinese vaccines were the only ones available, then I would be lining up to take a shot. However, since there are other vaccines with protection rates of about 95%, doesn't it make sense to go with those?

In the meantime, I hope that China and Russia will continue in their efforts to produce good vaccines. Saving lives is more important than national pride.

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