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Fact Check : China's Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine?

Fact Check : China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine?

There is considerable panic over China’s guidelines for the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center allegedly issued, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Sinovac Vaccine Guidelines By Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center

There is considerable panic over Sinovac vaccine guidelines allegedly issued by the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center.

Reposting China’s guidelines for Sinovac vaccination.
We should worry why our own government is not issuing these to the general public.

Original in Chinese (translated to English)

但各位網友為自己、為家人考慮接種科興疫苗時,應參考以下北京市防疫中心的指引。另外,溫馨提示:香港專家不建議中風人士接種疫苗。

Reminding all Netizens to consider the guidelines set by Beijing’s Vaccine Prevention Center before taking any vaccine, whether for your own sake or for your family.
A gentle reminder from Hong Kong Specialist: Those who suffer stroke is not advisable to take the vaccine.

北京市防疫中心提示接種科興疫苗的要求 :

Beijing City Vaccine Prevention Center list down the requirements for vaccination:

1. 惡性腫瘤病者不予接種。
Those with malignant tumor are not fit to be inoculated or vaccinated.

2. 有基礎疾病時如高血壓,糖尿病等藥物控制不好的,不予接種。
Those people taking maintenance pills for High Blood Pressure, Diabetes are not fit to vaccinate.

3. 精神類疾病者如抑鬱症不予接種。
Those qualify for mental health disorders like Depression and anxiety is not suitable to vaccinate.

4. 家族遺傳性疾病如白化病,不予接種。
Those with hereditary diseases like Albinism are not suitable to vaccinate.

5. 心腦血管疾病不穩定,不予接種。
Those with unstable Cardiovascular diseases are not suitable to inoculate.

6. 做過心臟手術時如心臟搭橋,不予接種。
Those underwent operation such as Coronary Bypass are not fit to vaccinate.

7. 大手術後恢復期,不予接種。
Those who are recovering from major surgery are not fit to inoculate.

8. 近三個月內使用過血液制品和免疫抑制者,不予接種。
Those who used Blood products and immunosupressive drugs for the last three months are not suitable to vaccinate.

9. 服用優甲樂的人,不予接種。
Those taking Euthyrox are not suitable to inoculate.

10. 被孕期婦女三到六個月,不予接種。
Pregnant women in their first to second trimester are not fit to vaccinate.

11. 長期服用免疫抑制劑者,不予接種。
Those taking long term immunosuppressive drugs are not fit to vaccinate.

12. 有中重度貧血者,不予接種。
Those suffer from Moderate to severe anemia should not be inoculated.

13. 三個月內服用過抗病毒藥物抗過敏藥,抗生素的必須停藥,症狀消失,一到二週後方可接種。
Those taking antiviral and antibiotics drugs within three months time can be vaccinated only after one to two weeks of not taking the medicine provided that no symptoms persist.

14. 乙肝l和幽門螺旋杆菌抗病毒期間不予接種。
Those with Hepatitis B and Helicobacter Pylori can’t be vaccinated.

15. 高血壓控制穩定140/90以下才接種。
Those people with stable high blood pressure of 140/90 below can be vaccinated.

16. 流感禁忌的本苗都禁忌接種。
Those with root origin from Flu prevention are prohibited to inoculate.

17. 接種流感疫苗至9隔14天後才可接種。
Those people vaccinated with Flu virus can be inoculated after quarantine of 9-14 days.

 

China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine : The Facts!

We checked out the claims, and here is the sweet and short verdict – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS.

For those who want to understand more, here are the FACTS :

Fact #1 : Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center Does Not Exist

The Chinese term actually translates to Beijing Epidemic Prevention Center, which makes far more sense than a Vaccine Prevention Center.

But either way – there is no such institution called the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center or the Beijing Epidemic Prevention Center (北京市防疫中心).

The closest candidate is the Beijing Center of Vaccine Clinical Evaluation (北京疫苗临床评价中心).

Fact #2 : Vaccine Guidelines Were Issued By China’s National Health Commission

On 29 March 2021, China’s health authorities issued their first official COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.

But they were not issued by some Beijing institute, but China’s National Health Commission.

Fact #3 : The Real Vaccine Guidelines Contradicts Fake List

Here is a summary of the key vaccine guidelines issued by the National Health Commission.

  • The four conditionally approved vaccines are safe for senior citizens aged 60 and above
  • Senior citizens aged 60 and above should get vaccinated
  • Booster shots are not recommended at this stage.
  • It is not recommended for those under the age of 18 to get vaccinated for now.
  • Vaccination should be completed using the same vaccine, and not mixed.
  • Under special circumstances, people can use a mix of vaccines to complete their vaccination.

They completely contradict the fake list that is circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Photo Credit : News.cn

Fact #4 : Hong Kong Guidelines Contradict Fake List

The Hong Kong government noted in their 19 February 2021 interim recommendations on the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine that the only risk to look out for is an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions may occur after administration of CoronaVac. Recipients of CoronaVac should be kept for observation and monitored for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Persons with a history of allergies should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you receive this vaccine.

A second dose of the vaccine should not be given to those who have experienced an allergic reaction to the first dose of CoronaVac.

Fact #5 : Official Sinovac Guidelines Contradict Fake List

The Hong Kong government also provided the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine’s package insert, whose list of contraindications contradict the fake list above :

  • People with history of allergic reaction to CoronaVac or other inactivated vaccine, or any component of CoronaVac (active or inactive ingredients, or any material used in the process).
  • Previous severe allergic reactions to the vaccine (e.g. acute anaphylaxis, angioedema, dyspnea, etc.)
  • People with severe neurological conditions (e.g. transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases, etc.)
  • Patients with uncontrolled severe chronic diseases;
  • Pregnant and lactating women.

It also lists conditions in which the vaccine should be administered with caution :

  • People aged 60 years and above (which China’s National Health Commission just approved – see Fact #3)
  • People with acute diseases, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, severe chronic diseases, atopy and fever.
  • People with diabetes, history of convulsions, epilepsy, encephalopathy or mental illness, or with family history of such diseases.
  • People with thrombocytopenia or hemorrhagic diseases – the injection may cause bleeding.
  • People with impaired immune function, such as malignant tumour, nephrotic syndrome, AIDS.
  • People who require human immunoglobulin injection – there should be at least one month interval before vaccine administration.

 

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KKM Did Not Warn That Vaccine Reduces Immunity?

Did KKM fail to warn people that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces immunity, letting them fall sick or dying?

Take a look at the latest viral warning, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : KKM Should Warn That Vaccine Reduces Immunity

This viral message is being shared on WhatsApp, warning that KKM should warn people that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces their body’s immune system for 46 days, putting them at risk of falling sick or dying!

It’s a very long message, so skip to the next section for the facts…

KKM gives No clear guidance to people receiving the vaccines. So, this is very vital info for staying alive after the jab!

All who are vaccinated MUST READ!

To the editors-in-chief of Sin Chew Daily, China Daily and Oriental Daily:

Lately, many who are vaccinated have also contracted Covid-19 and died, among whom are middle-aged and elderly. According to report received, the dead were infected within one and a half months after the vaccination!

I know that when we are vaccinated, our immunity becomes lower than before. Therefore, the chance of contracting Covid-19 is higher. However, most people lack this knowledge. After being vaccinated, they think they don’t need to wear masks, wash hands or disinfect. They would go to the market and walk around. As a result, they fall sick!

 

Truth : COVID-19 Vaccine Does NOT Reduce Immunity!

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let me go through the claims and share with you what the FACTS really are. Please share this with your family and friends!

Fact #1 : COVID-19 Vaccine Does NOT Reduce Immunity

Let me be very clear – the COVID-19 vaccine does NOT reduce immunity.

The COVID-19 vaccine is nothing more than a self-defence class for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Will learning self-defence in real life make you a weaker person? Of course, not!

The COVID-19 vaccine does not reduce your natural immunity one bit, not even for one day.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger, not weaker, against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Side Effects Are Signs Of Immune Response

Just like how you sweat and get muscle ache in a self-defence class, you may feel a little sick after your vaccination.

That is not evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has reduced your body’s immunity. That is your body’s natural reaction when your immune system gets triggered by the vaccine.

The fever that you may get, for example, is a way for your body to boost its immune response. So when you get a fever, your body actually produces a more robust immune response, not weaker.

Fact #3 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that maximum immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

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Fact #4 : It Does Not Take 3 Months To Improve Immunity

Dr. Zhong Nanshan – China’s top respiratory disease physician – never claimed that it will take up to 3 months to build the body’s immunity after COVID-19 vaccination.

On 1 April 2021, he told Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV that COVID-19 vaccines using the inactivated virus technology – like Sinovac and Sinopharm – usually takes 40 days to trigger enough antibodies to prevent infection.

Not only is 40 days not 3 months, his comments were regarding inactivate virus vaccines, not mRNA vaccines like Pfizer or Moderna, or viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca.

Read more : Dr. Zhong Nanshan : How To Build Immunity Against COVID-19?

Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination. However, that is not because COVID-19 vaccines reduce your immunity.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection.

Even the best COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer and Moderna – can only prevent 94%-95% of COVID-19 infections. That means 5% of those who are fully vaccinated using these vaccines could still get infected.

That does not mean vaccines are useless. COVID-19 vaccines are not meant to prevent all infections. They are meant to prevent SEVERE DISEASE and DEATH!

If you get infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, you will likely get a mild disease, or it may even be asymptomatic!

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!
Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

Fact #6 : We Must Maintain COVID-19 Precautions After Vaccination

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established.

In addition, vaccinated people who get mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infections can still spread COVID-19 to other people.

So we must CONTINUE to take COVID-19 precautions, even after we are fully vaccinated.

This will help protect both the unvaccinated from getting infected, and the vaccinated from breakthrough infections.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Sections : How To Prevent That?
Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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Malaysian Vaccination Certificate Rejected By Hong Kong?

Is the vaccination certificate of Malaysian travellers being rejected by Hong Kong authorities?

Take a look at the new viral warning, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Malaysian Vaccination Certificate Rejected By Hong Kong?

On 22 July 2021, this warning about the Malaysian vaccination certificate being rejected by Hong Kong authorities went viral.

Wah, our digital Vac certificate is not recognised by HK!! I thought there should be global reciprocity!

[22/7, 7:30 pm] HS: News travels fast.
Hong Kong health ministry has declared the following this morning:

1) Malaysia is now classified as one of the highest risk countries for COVID-19 infection

2) All returning Hong Kong residents from Malaysia will need to undergo a 21 days compulsory quarantine at a designated hotel and to undergo 4 specific COVID-19 test, upon arrival, on the 5th day, 10th day and 18th day

3) Vaccination certificates issued by the Malaysian authorities will not be recognised or accepted and a new COVID-19 vaccination has to be administered locally

What a shame to Malaysian!!
[22/7, 7:30 pm] HS: Our digital certificate not laku!!!

 

Fact : Malaysian Vaccination Certificate NOT Rejected By Hong Kong

This is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS being created every day and shared on WhatsApp. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Hong Kong Does Not Have A Health Ministry

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region in the People’s Republic of China.

It does not have a Health Ministry, only a Department of Health, which reports to the Hong Kong Food and Health Bureau.

Fact #2 : Hong Kong Did Not Declare Malaysia As Highest Risk Country

The Hong Kong government did not classify Malaysia as “one of the highest risk countries for COVID-19”.

The HK Department of Health issued two press releases on 22 July 2021, both not related to Malaysia. Neither were there any press statements about Malaysia in the last month or so.

The HK Immigration Department has not issued any press releases since 19 July 2021, certainly nothing about Malaysia in the last month or so.

Fact #3 : Malaysia Still Classified As Group B Country

As of 22 July 2021, Malaysia is still classified as a Group B country by the Hong Kong government, which is the third rung of their risk ladder :

  • Group A1 (Extremely High Risk) : Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, The Philippines, South Africa and The United Kingdom.
  • Group A2 (Very High Risk) : Ireland, Russia
  • Group B (High Risk) : Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and Vietnam
  • Group C (Medium Risk) : All other countries, except China and those not in Groups A1, A2, B and D.
  • Group D (Low Risk) : Australia and New Zealand

Fact #4 : Non Residents Are Barred From Entering Hong Kong

As of 22 July 2021, the Hong Kong government bars non-residents from entering Hong Kong if they have stayed in these countries in the last 14 days :

  • Taiwan
  • Any country in Groups A1, A2, B and C

That practically means that non-Hong Kong residents must first stay in a Group D country – either Australia or New Zealand – for at least 14 days before they are allowed to enter Hong Kong!.

Fact #5 : Hong Kong Recognises Many COVID-19 Vaccines

As of 29 June 2021, the Hong Kong government recognises thirteen COVID-19 vaccines, including the three vaccines being used in Malaysia – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac.

Fact #6 : Everyone Entering Hong Kong Must Quarantine

Whether you are vaccinated or not, all travellers – whether Hong Kong residents or foreigners – must quarantine after entering Hong Kong.

As mentioned above, only non-Hong Kong residents travelling from Group D countries (currently Australia and New Zealand) are allowed to enter Hong Kong.

  • If fully vaccinated with recognised vaccines :
    – 7-day compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel
    – 2 tests during quarantine
    – 3rd test on 12th day
  • If not fully vaccinated / vaccinated with unrecognised vaccines :
    – 14-day compulsory quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel
    – 3 tests during quarantine
    – additional tests on 16th and 19th days

Fact #7 : Everyone Entering Hong Kong Must Undergo A COVID-19 Test

Irrespective of whether you have been tested before flying to Hong Kong, all travellers to Hong Kong are required (as of 22 July 2021) to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival.

Testing is conducted at the HK Department of Health’s Temporary Specimen Collection Centre, and travellers have to wait for their test results.

Only after a negative test result are they permitted to travel to their quarantine hotel.

Those who test positive will be transferred to a hospital for isolation and treatment.

 

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Fact Check : Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests

You have probably seen the Spot The Difference post criticising Rev. Patrick Mahoney on his hypocrisy on the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests.

Find out if it’s true that Patrick Mahoney posted those tweets on the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests!

 

Spot The Difference : Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On HK + George Floyd Protests

Controversial Christian pastor Rev. Patrick Mahoney waded into the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests, with two tweets on the same day.

The next day, this post started going viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, asking you to spot the difference between the two Patrick Mahoney tweets.

Note : The original post lacks the two MISLEADING warnings, which we added to avoid further abuse.

 

Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests : True But Misleading

Here is our short TLDR summary for those who just want to know the facts :

  • he posted those two tweets, and yes, they are partly hypocritical
  • however, the Spot The Difference post misused one photo and is intentionally misleading,
  • Patrick Mahoney did not actually sanction violence in the Hong Kong protest

Patrick Mahoney is just a self-aggrandising Christian pastor with a history of publicity stunts – a nobody.

Unfortunately, his two tweets are being misused by Chinese and pro-Chinese netizens (and bots) to spread the narrative of American hypocrisy.

Ironically, this misleading Spot The Difference post is being shared on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp – platforms which are banned in China. That is really the true hypocrisy of this storm in a teacup.

 

Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests : The Facts

And for those who want to know more, here are the facts :

Fact #1 : Patrick Mahoney Posted Those Two Tweets

Reverend Patrick Mahoney sure posted those two tweets, on the same day – May 28, 2020.

Fact #2 : Patrick Mahoney Did Not Sanction Violence

As his actual tweet on the Hong Kong protest above shows – he did not actually sanction violence.

In fact, his actual tweet on the George Floyd protest in Minneapolis could be referring to violence by both the police and the protestors.

We would rate his posts as partly hypocritical, because he wasn’t against the George Floyd protests, just against the violence.

Fact #3 : The Protestor Picture Was From 2016

The Spot The Difference post creator intentionally replaced the picture Patrick Mahoney posted with this Getty photo that Lam Yik Fei took on the night of 9 February 2016.

As you can see, it’s radically different – showing violence – whereas the picture Mahoney posted showed Hong Kong police officers arresting non-violent protestors.

Fact #4 : Injustice Started Both Protests

Discounting the violence, both Hong Kong and George Floyd protests started because of injustice. In both cases, the people are demanding change.

The people in Hong Kong have been protesting for years over the systematic erosion of their Basic Rights and freedoms.

The most recent May 2020 protest was triggered by the proposal of new national security laws that would allow Chinese security forces to operate within Hong Kong.

In the United States, it was the racism that black Americans have endured, triggered by the death of George Floyd after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes.

Fact #5 : Protests Are Allowed In The US And Hong Kong

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution specifically gives all American citizens have the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully :

Congress shall make no law … abiding … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Unlike China, Hong Kong citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and protest under Article 27 of the Basic Law, and Article 17 of the Bill of Rights.

The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognised. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order, the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

In other words – people have the right to assemble and demonstrate in both the United States and Hong Kong. They just do not have the right to attack people, or destroy property.

Fact #6 : Patrick Mahoney Is Not The American Government / People

Patrick Mahoney is a self-aggrandising Christian pastor with a history of publicity stunts. But in the grand scheme of things – he is nobody.

He is not a representative of the American people, or the American government. Yet, his two tweets are being misused by Chinese and pro-Chinese netizens (and bots) to spread the narrative of American hypocrisy.

Ironically, this misleading Spot The Difference post is being shared on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp – platforms which are banned in China. That is really the true hypocrisy of this storm in a teacup.

 

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