I’m suppressing the urge to feel schadenfreude by reminding myself that this news comes with a steep human cost. It’s not just innocent Chinese citizens who’ll be relying on this vaccine, it’s hundreds of millions of people in third-world countries who’ve signed contracts for Sinovac’s product. A vaccine that’s only 50 percent effective means a longer pandemic in those countries, which means more misery and death.
This is bad news. Bad.