“I’m not commenting, but it’s a fact. Emmanuel Macron, during an exchange with the think tank Atlantic Council, sharply criticized the opacity that reigns around the Chinese vaccine against Covid-19. “I have absolutely no information on the Chinese (vaccine)”, lamented the President of the Republic.
“This means that in the medium and long term, it is almost certain that if this vaccine is not suitable, it will facilitate the emergence of new variants; it will absolutely not fix the situation of the countries (having adopted it), ”continued Emmanuel Macron. And the president cites the example of Brazil, which has been testing the Chinese vaccine for several weeks, although faced with a much more contagious variant. “This is probably a good example of what can happen, with the Manaus situation – people infected, others vaccinated and a new form of Covid-19,” he explained.
A “transparent” and “relevant” science
“Managing the virus through the vaccine requires, to be sure, that we have the appropriate vaccination, that the vaccine is clearly the most relevant against the different variants, with transparent information. And I think it’s there […] that the WHO has a very important role “, in particular to assess” the effectiveness and potential toxicity of various vaccines against the initial Covid and the variants “, estimated Emmanuel Macron, pleading for” a global and coordinated approach “.
The President of the Republic also explained that he wanted, concerning vaccines, a science “transparent, relevant and […] I would say, under the control of the best possible researchers in the world ”. “This is not the case for the Chinese vaccine at this stage. […] So, for me, the short-term effectiveness could harm the medium-term effectiveness in this situation, ”he added.
Emmanuel Macron, however, recognized the “effectiveness” of China which has deployed “vaccine diplomacy”, delivering the sera of its production throughout the world. “This can give the idea that they are more effective than the multilateral approach we had a few months ago,” explains Emmanuel Macron. But (…) if we have a comprehensive and coordinated approach, I think that in the very long term we can be more effective. “
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