2021-09-16 11:16:00 China Says It Has Vaccinated 1 Billion People

China Says It Has Vaccinated 1 Billion People

China announced on Thursday that it had fully vaccinated one billion people, a significant achievement for the world’s most populous country that brings it closer to its goal of vaccinating 80 percent of its population by the end of the year.

It was a significant achievement, representing 71 percent of China’s 1.4 billion-person population. According to Our World in Data, which tracks vaccination figures, China has administered 2.16 billion doses, nearly tripling that of India, which is ranked second in terms of shots given and has administered 752.7 million doses.

According to Lei Zhenglong, a senior official with China’s National Health Commission, more than 200 million people aged 60 and older have been immunized, while approximately 95 million children aged 12 to 17 have received shots.

“Our country ranks first in the world in terms of total number of doses and people covered by vaccination,” Mr. Lei said at a news conference on Thursday.

China recently increased access to vaccines in response to multiple Delta outbreaks. Officials dispatched health care workers door to door to administer doses, as well as “vaccination buses” to public places. Nurses could be seen injecting farmers as they worked in the fields in the countryside.

The Chinese government is unafraid of taking a tougher stance on vaccines. In July, the government changed its messaging, instructing local officials to target all those who “should be vaccinated” rather than just those who are “willing to be vaccinated.”

Authorities in at least 12 Chinese cities warned residents in August that those who refused Covid-19 vaccinations could face punishment if they were found to be responsible for spreading outbreaks. On August 17, several cities in central Hubei Province announced that those who refused to be vaccinated would have their refusal reflected in their “personal credit score.” They may be barred from working or entering hospitals or train stations.

Earlier this year, many Chinese people did not rush to get vaccinated, but that changed with the arrival of the Delta variant. China wiped out multiple Delta outbreaks that had swept across half of the country last month.

However, it is now dealing with an increase in cases that began in the southern province of Fujian. According to government data, there were 201 infections as of Thursday.

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China Says It Has Vaccinated 1 Billion People