Nearly 75 million doses given

Shoulder to shoulder: People watching the cherry blossoms in Nanjing in the eastern Jiangsu province, as crowds return to socialise. Most adhere to standard operating procedure including wearing face masks, even though physical distancing seems an impossibility. — AFP

BEIJING: Nearly 75 million Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered across China by the end of Saturday, a spokesman for the National Health Commission said.

“Overall, the Covid-19 response in China has been conducted soundly, ” said spokesman Mi Feng at a press conference of the State Council inter-agency task force for Covid-19 response. “However, more accurate and effective epidemic prevention and control measures are still needed to ensure that there are no large-scale rebounds in cases.”

China’s annual vaccine production can fully meet the whole country’s needs, as judged by the existing production arrangements, said Mao Junfeng, an official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, at the same press conference.

China has authorised five Covid-19 vaccines for conditional marketing or emergency use. These include three inactivated vaccines, one adenovirus vector vaccine, and one recombinant protein subunit vaccine, Mao noted.

Mi said now in Chinese regions where the epidemic risk is at a low, people with a “green” health QR code may travel in an orderly manner on the premise that their body temperatures are normal and they follow necessary personal protection requirements.

China will start mass Covid-19 vaccinations for people over age 60 after it receives sufficient data from clinical trials on the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines, a senior health official said on Sunday.

Research and development of vaccines for older adults is speeding up, and some regions have started vaccinating people over 60 who are in good health, He Qinghua, an official at the National Health Commission, said at a news conference.

The free vaccination will be carried out based on the risks of infection of different groups, and participation will be voluntary, He said.

Some people might think it is not urgent for them to get vaccinated as China has successfully controlled the virus, but it is still raging globally and no one can stay detached from the world, he said.

“Vaccination is the most effective way to control the epidemic. I hope the public can get vaccinated quickly, ” he said. — Xinhua/China Daily/ANN

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