China gives conditional approval to vaccine

In the race to beat coronavirus China is the latest country to approve a vaccine.

It was developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm making it the country's first approved shot for general public use.

China is bracing for increased transmission risks over winter.

No detailed efficacy data of the vaccine has been publicly released, but its developer says it's 79.34% effective.

The approval comes after the United Arab Emirates became the first country to roll out the vaccine to the public, and as Pakistan announced a 1.2 million dose purchase deal with Sinopharm.

While China has been slower than several other countries in approving COVID-19 vaccines, it has been inoculating some citizens for months using three different shots still undergoing late-stage trials.