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China says halt of coronavirus vaccine partnership unrelated to Canada relations

BEIJING, Aug 27 (Reuters) - China said on Thursday that the end to a partnership on a coronavirus vaccine between Chinese firm CanSino Biologics and Canada is unrelated to diplomatic relations between the countries.

The Chinese government supports Chinese companies cooperating with other countries according to law, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a daily news briefing.

Canada’s National Research Council said on Wednesday that it had ended its partnership on a coronavirus vaccine with CanSino, saying the company lacked the authority to ship the vaccine at this time.

Reporting by Cate Cadell; writing by Roxanne Liu; editing by Jason Neely