PORT MORESBY (POST COURIER)—Papua New Guinea Pandemic Controller David Manning has given the Chinese government this week to clarify their position on the vaccination statement released by Ramu Nickel.

And Manning in his letter to the Chinese Ambassador has demanded the full programme and status of the vaccine, including its potential risks.

The Post-Courier was told last weekend by Ramu Nickel that the World Health Organisation was aware of this vaccine.

But WHO when contacted said they would release a statement in due course.

“I am writing seeking your immediate clarification of Chinese government’s position regarding the vaccination statement from RamuNiCo Management Limited, dated 10 August, accompanying Chinese nationals (48) returning to PNG on 13 August,”  Manning said.

“The government of Papua New Guinea does not currently acknowledge a vaccine for SARS-COV-2 (Covid-19) and will not do so until an internationally recognised vaccine is approved and endorsed by the PNG regulatory authority and the World Health Organisation.

“Concerns to be addressed in your response are as follows:

– The office of the Pandemic Controller was not informed of the immunisation status related to a SARS-COV-2 vaccine of this group prior to their arrival in PNG. Please advise why this did not occur?

– Please forward the global clinical trial registration number for this SARS-CQV-2 vaccine;

– Please-forward the Institutional Ethics Committee approval for this vaccine trial; 

– Please forward details the development of this vaccine including data of the vaccine;

– Please outline the care management protocols in PNG if these workers become unwell or require hospitalisation or repatriation; and

– Please forward consent to receive this from these workers who have travelled to PNG.

“The government of PNG demands and deserves to fully understand vaccine development and SARS-COV-2 vaccine immunisation program undertaken in China and its potential risks prior to any further approval be given for Chinese travel request,” Manning said….PACNEWS

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