The World Health Organization has warned that developing a vaccine could take 12 to 18 months, and Sinovac does not know when its half-millilitre injection will be ready for the market.
“It’s the question everyone is asking themselves,” Sinovac director of brand management Liu Peicheng told AFP.
Nasdaq-listed Sinovac has experience in mass-producing a drug against a global virus: it was the first pharmaceutical company to market a vaccine against H1N1, or swine flu, in 2009.
More than 100 labs around the world are scrambling to come up with a vaccine, but only seven — including Sinovac — are currently in clinical trials, according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Sinovac has published results showing that its vaccine has “largely protected” macaques from infection in an animal trial.
It’s findings have yet to be peer reviewed by the global scientific community.