A test site for COVID-19 in Xiamen city, Fujian province, China – Photo: REUTERS
Speaking to the press on September 16, NHC spokesman Me Phong said that as of September 15, China had vaccinated a total of 2.16 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This is equivalent to more than 1.01 billion people who have been vaccinated
According to Bloomberg News, China’s 70 percent complete vaccination rate against COVID-19 has far surpassed that of the United States and Europe.
Bloomberg statistics show that China is leading the group of five largest economies in the world in the nationwide vaccination campaign.
Specifically, while this rate in Germany reaches more than 60%, only half of the US and Japanese population have been vaccinated with 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, .
India seems to lag behind with less than 15% of the population fully vaccinated.
China accounts for more than a third of the 5.18 billion vaccine doses used globally.
Chinese authorities have authorized booster shots for those most at risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing severe illness, including those over 60.
China has reached this milestone almost halfway after launching the largest vaccination campaign in history.
Even so, the world’s second-largest economy has no plans to relax some of its strictest restrictions yet.
Success with the vaccination campaign has not been able to help this country prevent outbreaks from continuing to appear. Experts are still reviewing the effectiveness of the vaccine against new variants of SARS-CoV-2.
Currently, China is facing a new outbreak in Fujian province.
China recorded 80 new COVID-19 cases on September 15, including 49 community infections. NHC said that almost all of these 49 infections are located in Fujian.
As of September 15, China has a total of more than 95,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 4,600 deaths.