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A worker disinfects packaged cold-chain food to be exhibited at the third China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Oct 29. The expo concluded on Tuesday. [Photo/China Daily]

>Disinfection of cold food
China is doubling down on efforts to stem the transmission of the novel coronavirus through imported cold-chain products, requiring thorough disinfection of such shipments before they come into contact with domestic workers.
The heightened precautions were announced in a notice, released by the State Council's Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism on Monday, after Tianjin reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 - a worker at a local frozen food company - on Sunday.
With regular nucleic acid tests in place on imported cold goods and workers involved in handling them, the notice highlights the significance of comprehensive disinfection of storage facilities, transport vehicles and packages of the products.
Sellers of cold-chain imported food must present disinfection certificates before their products are allowed to enter the market, according to the document.

Ships get ready for their voyages in the foreign trade container terminal of Qingdao port in Shandong province. [Photo/China Daily]

>China boosts foreign trade
The State Council on Monday unveiled guidelines on the innovative development of the country's foreign trade. It specified measures covering nine areas to promote trade development, including searching for new ways to explore the international market, optimizing the domestic layout of foreign trade, and enhancing the competitiveness of foreign trade firms.
China has managed to keep foreign trade stable this year despite disruptions by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first 10 months, the country's foreign trade of goods went up by 1.1 percent year-on-year, accelerating from an increase of 0.7 percent in the first three quarters, customs data showed.


>2.51M registered organ donors
More than 2.51 million people have now signed up for organ donation across China, the Red Cross Society of China said Saturday. More than 30,000 donors completed their donations after death, saving over 90,000 people's lives, the society added.
China started piloting the organ donation program in 2010, and official statistics show that the country's body donation rate rose from 0.03 to 4.53 donors per million over the past decade.
A larger number of people are engaged in organ donation-related work.
The country now has more than 2,800 organ donation coordinators and 4,000 volunteers for organ donation, according to a work report on China's organ donation over the past 10 years.
The work report points out that the number of registered organ donors is expected to rise above 3 million by 2024.

Syringes are seen in front of displayed Biontech and Pfizer logos in this illustration taken November 10, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>COVID-19 vaccine 90% effective
American drug maker Pfizer and German pharmaceutical company BioNTech announced on Monday data analysis shows their COVID-19 vaccine candidate is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The results came from the first interim efficacy analysis conducted on Sunday by an external, independent Data Monitoring Committee from the Phase 3 clinical study of the vaccine, according to a statement of Pfizer.
根据辉瑞公司的声明,该结果来自于11月8日由外部独立数据监测委员会进行的BNT162b2 疫苗3期临床研究的首次中期有效分析。
The Phase 3 clinical trial began on July 27 and has enrolled 43,538 participants to date, 38,955 of whom have received a second dose of the vaccine candidate as of Sunday.
Pfizer and BioNTech are continuing to accumulate safety data and currently estimate that a median of two months of safety data following the second and final dose of the vaccine candidate will be available by the third week of November.
The two companies plan to summit for Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine to the US Food and Drug Administration after the required safety milestone is achieved.
The two companies expect to produce globally up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021.

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