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BEIJING (Reuters) – China has accelerated its immunization against COVID-19, injected 10 million doses in about a week and is reviewing different visa policies based on vaccination status and virus in countries. Different officials, the officials said on Sunday.
Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng said the country had administered 74.96 million doses of vaccine as of Saturday. That number increased from 64.98 million on March 14.
According to state media and a top health adviser, China aims to vaccinate 40% of its 1.4 billion people by mid-year. China was one of the first countries to start using the vaccine last year and has exported millions of doses, but its vaccination rates have dropped compared to countries like Israel and the United States.
A company spokesperson said during the press conference said more than 70 million injections of Sinovac Biotech were administered globally, without specifying how many of them were administered in China.
Beijing is looking at different policies for visa issuance, flights and number control to China based on vaccination progress and COVID-19 situation in different countries.
Feng Zijian, deputy director of the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), said: “We do not exempt vaccinated people from current testing and quarantine measures. in.
However, he said China will pay attention to international progress in developing a “vaccine passport” and may adjust virus curbing measures once the domestic population reaches immunization levels. high.
Mao Junfeng, an official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said that China’s full-year vaccine production can fully satisfy the country’s needs.
The raw materials for the vaccine production, including glass vials and syringes, were “relatively stable,” he said.
Wu Zunyou, head of the epidemiological group at CDC China, said countries with a high proportion of the elderly should be given priority to be vaccinated.
Wu explained at the China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday night, if all the countries were pushing their vaccination programs at the same rate, it could be 10% or 30% each. Immunity, not enough to protect population.
“We need to get 70% -80% in one country as soon as possible, then the second country, then the third country,” Wu said.
China has approved four domestically produced vaccines for general public use from Sinovac, CanSino Biologics and two units of China National Pharmaceutical Corporation (Sinopharm).
A fifth vaccine developed by the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences was approved for emergency use last week.
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