More than a billion people in China get enough vaccines

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,” a spokesman for China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said at a press conference today.

China has largely prevented the outbreak of the disease in the country, but is rushing to vaccinate the majority of the population against the risk of the highly contagious Delta strain.

Medical staff give people a Covid-19 vaccine in Beijing, China on September 11.  Photo: Xinhua.

Medical staff give people a Covid-19 vaccine in Beijing, China on September 11. Photo: Xinhua.

Chinese health officials said late last month that more than two billion doses of the vaccine had been administered, of which 890 million were fully vaccinated. The government has not announced vaccination targets, but top virologist Zhong Nanshan said in August that the world’s most populous country could have vaccinated more than 80 percent of its population by the end of the year.

China is dealing with an outbreak caused by the Delta mutation in the southeastern province of Fujian. This cluster currently records nearly 200 cases, including many primary and preschool students.

The Fujian cluster emerged after China contained the most serious outbreak since Wuhan and is seen as a challenge to the country’s “no-Covid” approach.

Huyen Le (Follow AFP)

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