China has offered experimental coronavirus vaccines to aviation industry workers, according to a regulatory notice seen by Reuters, in a push to inoculate high-risk groups to prevent a possible resurgence as economies reopen.
China, which has four COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of human trials, launched the emergency use vaccine programme in July, hoping to boost the immunity of groups such as border inspectors or medical industry workers.
Frontline workers at Chinese airlines, airports, China National Aviation Fuel Group and TravelSky Technology Limited 0696.HK will be provided a candidate vaccine on a voluntary basis, the notice from China's aviation regulator shows.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has asked these sectors and firms to compile a list of personal information of employees willing to take the vaccine, the notice adds.
Juneyao said it had submitted a list of employees willing to take the vaccine. The other airlines did not immediately reply to requests for comments.
It is not clear yet which candidate vaccine will be given and how many people will be vaccinated.
At least two experimental vaccines, one from Sinovac Biotech Ltd SVA.O and the other from China National Biotec Group, have been approved for emergency use in China.
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