China leading COVID-19 vaccine research globally, says govt after Jair Bolsonaro's 'guinea pig' jibe


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Beijing: China on Thursday defended its vaccine research and development capabilities, a day after Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro cancelled plans to buy a potential COVID-19 vaccine from it with a jibe that the Brazilian people will not be “anyone’s guinea pig”. “The Brazilian people will not be anyone’s guinea pig,” Bolsonaro said on Wednesday, a day after Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said Brazil wants to buy 46 million doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine for the immunisation programme. China's Sinovac vaccine was being tested by Brazil’s research centre Butantan Institute and still needs to be approved by the health regulator to...