While the American press, British BBC and German DW have focused on Western vaccination rates, there has been nearly no notice that half of the world’s currently administered vaccinations have been by the Chinese SinoVac and SinoPharm vaccines.

Both of these vaccines are conventional vaccines using the attenuated coronavirus, just as the proven smallpox and Salk polio vaccines. Because China rapidly halted their initial transmissions through social isolation, as did Taiwan and South Korea, they lacked a test population and had to run their original drug effectiveness trials in countries such as Brazil and Indonesia where enough cases allowed a test. Those  trials were done under an agreement to provide some vaccine to those countries that cooperated in testing.