Pakistan coronavirus: Trials of Chinese vaccines underway despite public suspicions – The Washington Post

Today, pockets of resistance to the polio vaccine persist, and Pakistan remains one of only two countries, alongside Afghanistan, where polio has not yet been eradicated.

And yet thousands of Pakistanis, from college students to retirees, have volunteered to be test subjects in coronavirus vaccine trials at five urban hospitals. Since September, about 13,000 of 18,000 volunteers have participated in trials for a Chinese vaccine called CanSino. No serious side effects have been reported, and health officials hope to finish the trials and start distributing vaccines by March.

Source: Pakistan coronavirus: Trials of Chinese vaccines underway despite public suspicions – The Washington Post

8 thoughts on “Pakistan coronavirus: Trials of Chinese vaccines underway despite public suspicions – The Washington Post”

    1. Religious and political objections by Muslim fundamentalists have driven suspicions about the polio vaccine in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. For example, the local Taliban in Southern Afghanistan have called polio vaccination an American ploy to sterilize Muslim populations and an attempt to avert Allah’s will. Resistance to vaccination has even resulted in violent beatings and kidnappings.[22] Similar objections halted polio vaccination campaigns in Nigeria. In 2003, religious leaders in three different Nigerian states claimed that the vaccines were contaminated with the virus that causes AIDS and sterilization and cancer-causing agents, despite tests confirming the vaccine’s safety. The standoff was eventually resolved through dialogue among religious and political leaders, WHO, and UNICEF.[23] In Pakistan, Taliban militants have attacked polio vaccination workers and their security forces. More than 70 polio workers have been killed since the attacks began in 2012.[24] https://www.historyofvaccines.org/index.php/content/articles/cultural-perspectives-vaccination

    2. fundamentalists of all strips are insane – religion and spirit is not what they are about – they are about politics and control.

    3. Work with countries at risk and help them improve their economies. When people can see a positive future that they can plan on, they don’t support, as much, the fundamentalists. That’s a long task.

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