China nears 75 million vaccinations

Beijing, Mar 21 (efe-epa).- China has administered over 74.96 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, the spokesperson for the Chinese National Health Commission Mi Feng announced on Sunday.

 Nearly 10 million jabs were applied in less than a week as part of the efforts to inoculate 40 percent of its 1.4 billion inhabitants by June, he said during a press conference.

China is considering applying different visa policies and controls for oversea passengers in light of the progress of the vaccination campaigns in their respective countries, he added.

 For now, the authorities are not considering the possibility of exempting vaccinated people from the strict quarantine measures applied to international passengers in cities such as Beijing, according to Feng Zijian, vice president of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

China’s planned production for 2021 could cover the Asian country’s needs, according to Mao Junfeng, from the ministry of industry.

In some regions, including the capital, people over 60 years old are immunized after completing a campaign to vaccinate high risk groups including officials, port employees and carriers, according to local media.

China has offered to inoculate foreign journalists working in the country and diplomatic delegations staff next week with a vaccine developed by Sinopharm.

Head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention Gao Fu recently told the state-run CGTN that they hope that between 70 and 80 percent of the population will be vaccinated by the end of the year and to have herd immunity by mid-2022. EFE-EPA


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