More than a billion people have had enough vaccinations, China targets the under-12 age group

More than a billion Chinese, or 71% of the population, have completed their Covid-19 vaccination. As of September 15, 2.16 billion doses of the vaccine have been administered nationwide, said Mi Feng, spokesman for China’s National Health Commission.

Although the country has basically prevented the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, the country still occasionally occurs clusters of epidemics in some localities. Currently, China is dealing with an outbreak caused by the Delta mutation in Fujian province, the southeast of the country discovered on September 10.

This epidemic cluster has now recorded more than 200 cases, including many primary and preschool students. Mr. Me Phong said: “Since September 10, more than half of the new community cases in this epidemic are teachers and students of primary schools, junior high schools, preschools and factory workers. , cluster infection is obvious.”

According to data released on September 16, Putian city alone, where the outbreak was detected from a primary school, has reported 57 cases of Covid-19 under 12 years old out of a total of 129 locally confirmed cases. .

Wang Huaqing, head of the immunology team of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that vaccinating more than 1 billion people is a good foundation for China to control the disease.

Although the highly contagious Delta variant is challenging to build herd immunity, the Chinese authorities will strengthen virus and disease surveillance, as well as continue to improve immunity strategy and vaccine development.

The Delta variant has caused three localized outbreaks in China this year, including the latest one in Fujian province. So far, China has approved three inactivated vaccines for emergency use in people 3 years of age and older. However, based on the vaccination strategy, the shots are currently only offered to people 12 years of age and older.

Vuong called for more people of this age to have access to vaccines as soon as possible, and suggested expanding vaccinations for children under 12 years old.

From the point of view of Chinese experts, the outbreak in Fujian is the right time to expand vaccination for children aged 3-12.

In August, China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said that the world’s most populous country could have vaccinated more than 80% of the population by the end of this year.

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