Vaccination program branding on the clothing of a staff member outside a community vaccination center administering the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma on Wednesday March 17, 2021 in Hong Kong, China.
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Stocks of china Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group fell after Hong Kong and Macau announced on Wednesday that they would be suspending vaccinations for BioNTech Covid.
Fosun Pharma, BioNTech’s partner in the development and distribution of the Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine in Greater China, has informed the cities of a packaging error in batch 210102 of the vaccine.
Hong Kong and Macau said they would suspend vaccinations made in Germany as a precaution.
Cities said BioNTech and Fosun Pharma are investigating the cause of the vial cap failure and that there is currently no reason to doubt the vaccine’s safety.
Macau says all of its messenger RNA or mRNA vaccines belong to the affected batch. Hong Kong said it would also temporarily suspend vaccinations from batch 210104 until the investigation is completed.
Fosun Pharma stocks listed in Hong Kong fell more than 5% in morning trading.
Hong Kong approved the BioNTech emergency vaccine in January, while Macau gave the vaccine a special import permit in late February. Both areas got theirs first series of recordings End of February.
BioNTech’s mRNA-based vaccine has a proven efficacy of 95% in adults according to data from its global Phase 3 clinical trial. And Real world data has shown “very strong” results from Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid two-dose vaccine even after just one shot.
The news comes as countries around the world battle to vaccinate their populations rising Covid cases in most regions.
More than 124 million infections have been reported worldwide and the death toll from Covid has exceeded 2.7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.