Just Egg Launched Vegan Jianbing (煎餅) in Shanghai, China

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In honor of World Jianbing Day, California-based food technology company Eat Just is launching a JUST Egg Jianbing Guide that highlights the top street vendors in Shanghai offering a vegan jianbing—a traditional Chinese breakfast street food similar to crepes—made with the company’s mung bean-based JUST Egg.

Alongside the launch, the brand and its Future Food Studio is launching a JUST Egg jianbing pop-up featuring creative flavors at all-day breakfast cafe Egg every day for one month.

Last October, Eat Just opened the Future Food Studio in Shanghai—the first all plant-based culinary studio in China. The studio offers cooking classes using JUST Egg taught by chef collaborators. In addition, Eat Just designed a WeChat mini program through which students could sign up for classes. The JUST Egg Jianbing Guide can be accessed through the Future Food Studio mini program where they will also have access to recipes, discounts, and updates from Eat Just.

Vegan eggs in China

Eat Just created the jianbing guide and street vendor offerings as part of an ongoing effort to introduce its plant-based egg products to Chinese consumers. Earlier this year, one of China’s top fast-food chains, Dicos, added several menu items made with vegan JUST Egg to its menu at 500 locations—marking the first time a major fast-food restaurant has swapped an animal-based product with a plant-based one across multiple regular menu offerings. JUST Egg is now featured as part of three breakfast burgers, three bagel sandwiches, and a “Western” breakfast plate.

Source: Veg News

Top Official Admits Chinese Vaccines Have Low Effectiveness

Joe Mcdonald and Huizhong Wu wrote . . . . . . . . .

In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to get a boost.

Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

Beijing has distributed hundreds of millions of doses abroad while trying to promote doubt about the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine made using the previously experimental messenger RNA, or mRNA, process.

“It’s now under formal consideration whether we should use different vaccines from different technical lines for the immunization process,” Gao said.

Officials at a news conference Sunday didn’t respond directly to questions about Gao’s comment or possible changes in official plans. But another CDC official said developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines.

Gao did not respond to a phone call requesting further comment.

“The mRNA vaccines developed in our country have also entered the clinical trial stage,” said the official, Wang Huaqing. He gave no timeline for possible use.

Experts say mixing vaccines, or sequential immunization, might boost effectiveness. Researchers in Britain are studying a possible combination of Pfizer-BioNTech and the traditional AstraZeneca vaccine.

The coronavirus pandemic, which began in central China in late 2019, marks the first time the Chinese drug industry has played a role in responding to a global health emergency.

Vaccines made by Sinovac, a private company, and Sinopharm, a state-owned firm, have made up the majority of Chinese vaccines distributed to several dozen countries including Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, Hungary, Brazil and Turkey.

The effectiveness of a Sinovac vaccine at preventing symptomatic infections was found to be as low as 50.4% by researchers in Brazil, near the 50% threshold at which health experts say a vaccine is useful. By comparison, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been found to be 97% effective.

Health experts say Chinese vaccines are unlikely to be sold to the United States, western Europe and Japan due to the complexity of the approval process.

A Sinovac spokesman, Liu Peicheng, acknowledged varying levels of effectiveness have been found but said that can be due to the age of people in a study, the strain of virus and other factors.

Beijing has yet to approve any foreign vaccines for use in China.

Gao gave no details of possible changes in strategy but cited mRNA as a possibility.

“Everyone should consider the benefits mRNA vaccines can bring for humanity,” Gao said. “We must follow it carefully and not ignore it just because we already have several types of vaccines already.”

Gao previously questioned the safety of mRNA vaccines. He was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying in December he couldn’t rule out negative side effects because they were being used for the first time on healthy people.

Chinese state media and popular health and science blogs also have questioned the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

As of April 2, some 34 million people in China have received both of the two doses required for Chinese vaccines and about 65 million received one, according to Gao.

The Sinovac spokesman, Liu, said studies find protection “may be better” if time between vaccinations is longer than the current 14 days but gave no indication that might be made standard practice.

Source : AP

Video: Inside China’s Robotic Restaurant in Guangzhou

This futuristic robotic restaurant in south China’s metropolis Guangzhou is unlike anything the country has seen before.

Watch video at You Tube (2:45 minutes) . . . . .

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Futuristic! Robotic kitchen ready to serve . . . . .

New Burger of McDonald’s China

SPAM, Oreo and Mayo Burger

A limited quantity of 40,000 burgers will be sold. The price is 13.14 yuan (about US$2.1).

KFC Rolls Out Self-driving Food Trucks in Shanghai, China

KFC has started deploying 5G autonomous vehicles which allow customers to purchase their finger licking good meals without human interaction.

The unmanned vehicles were spotted in front of a metro station outside the city of Shanghai.

From the looks of it, you can place an order on the screen and it accepts payment via QR-code.

After payment is made, the door will open for you to collect your order.