Over 200,000 foreigners receive vaccination

MORE than 200,000 foreigners in China have received Covid-19 vaccination as Beijing made efforts to safeguard work, life and study in the nation and build an effective shield from the virus, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said.

“The government attaches great importance to safeguarding safety and health,” Wang told reporters at a news briefing in Beijing.

According to the spokesman, China has included foreign nationals within a certain age group into the country’s vaccination programme, and various measures have been rolled out to facilitate their vaccination in China.

More than 1.18 million Chinese citizens in over 150 countries have been vaccinated so far, as China actively secured Covid-19 inoculation for its citizens with Chinese or foreign vaccines, Wang said.

In the next step, China will continue to strengthen communication and cooperation with relevant countries in order to provide more assistance to its citizens, he said.

China has provided vaccine aid to over 80 countries, exported vaccines to 40 countries and provided 350 million doses to international partners.

Last week, the first batch of vaccines to be provided to Covax, the global initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, rolled off the production line and will mainly be provided to developing countries. — China Daily/ANN

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