Pharmaniaga Says 3 Doses Of Sinovac Is Better Than Mixing Booster Doses

source – harian metro

According to Pharmaniaga, a recent real-world study in Chile and an immunogenicity test in Turkey demonstrate that three doses of Sinovac are superior to mixing different vaccinations as a booster.


Pharmaniaga Says 3 Doses Of Sinovac Is Better Than Mixing Booster Doses

Pharmaniaga Sdn Bhd has provided the Ministry of Health (MOH) the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine in order to accommodate people who choose to have their booster dose with this brand of vaccine.

Pharmaniaga Group Managing Director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope said in a statement that the company is in the final stages of discussions with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) to register the vaccine as a booster dose and anticipates approval very soon.

“We hope once NPRA approves the application, the government will give the green light for the vaccine to be administered as a booster shot for Sinovac recipients.

“The majority of Sinovac recipients received their second dose between June and September. As such, the requirement for a booster shot will start from December onwards and we have enough doses to cater to the needs of the nation,” he said. He also said that the vaccine will be made available on the private market.

According to Zulkarnain, Pharmaniaga previously provided the Ministry of Health and the private sector with more than 22 million doses of Sinovac vaccine. As a result, over 11 million Sinovac recipients require a booster dose.

said“The Sinovac Covid-19 booster shot has been approved and used in China, Turkey, Chile, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Six other countries are waiting for approval from their respective regulatory authority," Zulkarnain stated in a statement on Friday.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said last month that his ministry has chosen to offer Covid-19 vaccine booster doses to individuals who completed two doses of Sinovac vaccine at least three months ago. From October 22, recipients of Sinovac will get heterologous booster doses of Pfizer's Comirnaty vaccine in phases.

According to press sources, however, Johor Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader Dr Boo Cheng Hau said that at least 20% of Sinovac recipients are refusing to get the Pfizer booster doses, preferring the same vaccination for their third dose.

According to Pharmaniaga, a recent real-world study in Chile and an immunogenicity test in Turkey demonstrate that three doses of Sinovac are superior to mixing different vaccinations as a booster.

“Research results conducted at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Peking University, and Sinovac Biotech Co Ltd (Sinovac), show a third dose of Sinovac would boost immune response as early as seven days after the booster dose, with longer persistence of antibodies," it said.

source - global times

Additionally, it stated, citing Sinovac Oversea Business Senior Director Weining Meng in a recent webinar, that a booster shot given six to twelve months after the second dose would result in a significant boost in immune response, with neutralising antibody titers increasing to approximately 20 times in adults and even higher in elderly over the age of 60.  “The booster shot is also highly effective in the prevention against the deadly Delta and other variants,"  Pharmaniaga added.

Pharmaniaga's shares fell half a sen or 0.62% to end at 80.5 sen on Friday, giving the company a market capitalisation of RM1.05 billion.

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