ISTANBUL -- The COVID-19 vaccine made by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech has an efficacy of 83.5 percent based on third phase trials in Turkey, a Turkish university announced Wednesday at a press conference.
The results were based on 10,216 participants aged 18-59, 3,568 of whom had received a placebo as part of the trials that began in mid-September, said Serhat Unal, a medical faculty member of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Ankara-based Hacettepe University, and a member of Turkey's Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board.
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WASHINGTON -- The United States has "far more to gain from cooperation with China and other countries than from confrontation," a renowned American economist has said.
U.S. President Joe Biden's "foreign policy with China should begin with a search for cooperation rather than a presumption of conflict," said Jeffrey David Sachs, an economics professor at Columbia University in his recent article Why the U.S. Should Pursue Cooperation with China.
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday criticized Republican governors in southern states of Texas and Mississippi over their decisions to reverse mask mandates and other COVID-19 safety policies, calling these actions "Neanderthal thinking."
"I think it's a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we're able to get vaccines in people's arms," Biden told reporters from the White House.
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TEHRAN -- The Iranian health minister on Wednesday called on people to refrain from travelling during the two-week holiday of the Iranian New Year starting March 21 given the COVID-19 epidemic.
"Despite the fatigue and the heavy constraints they have endured during the past year, people should still have patience," Saeed Namaki said in an interview with state TV.