Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital News
China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people against the coronavirus -- 71 percent of its population © AFP/File / STR

Corona Virus

China fully vaccinates more than 1 billion people

Beijing, China, Sep 16 – China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people against the coronavirus — 71 percent of its population — official figures showed Thursday.

The country where the virus was first detected has mostly curbed the virus within its borders, but is racing to get the vast majority of its population vaccinated as a new outbreak flickers in the southeast.

“As of September 15, 2.16 billion vaccine doses have been administered nationwide,” said National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng at a press briefing.

Chinese health authorities said late last month that 890 million people in China had been fully vaccinated and two billion doses administered.

The government has not publicly announced a target for vaccination coverage, but top virologist Zhong Nanshan said last month that the country is likely to have 80 percent of its population inoculated by the end of the year, reaching herd immunity.

China is currently battling an outbreak of the Delta variant in the southeastern province of Fujian that has infected almost 200 people so far in three cities, dozens of whom are schoolchildren.

The Fujian cluster is the biggest rebound in weeks and comes after the country declared the Delta variant under control, in a test of China’s “zero-case” approach to the pandemic.

China reported 49 new domestic transmissions on Thursday, the vast majority in Fujian.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Authorities said the cluster’s suspected patient zero was a man who had recently returned from Singapore to the city of Putian, and developed symptoms after completing a 14-day quarantine and initially testing negative for the virus.

The man’s 12-year-old son and a classmate were among the first patients detected in the cluster last week, shortly after the new school term began.

The variant then raced through classrooms, infecting more than 36 children including 8 kindergartners, city authorities said Tuesday, in the first major school-linked spread the country has seen since the start of the pandemic.

Despite rolling out its vaccine campaign to include minors aged 12-17 in July, most young children remain unvaccinated in China, sparking fears that the latest Fujian outbreak could hit the most vulnerable people in the country disproportionately.

Authorities have rushed to quash the outbreak with targeted lockdowns, travel restrictions, mass testing and school closures before the upcoming October 1 public holiday, a week-long tourism peak.

Chinese vaccines have nearly 60 percent efficacy against the Delta strain, with antibodies rising with a booster shot, Zhong previously said.

The country is also racing to produce its own mRNA vaccine — whose technology is believed to be more effective against the Delta variant — with candidates by state-owned Sinopharm and domestic firm Walvax Biotechnology currently in development.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Play to listen to Capital FM News

More on Capital News

Corona Virus

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 26 – Kenya had vaccinated 4.9 million people for COVID-19 by October 24 as it races against time to beat the...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – The West and East Africa nations are set to benefit from projects worth USD140 million to boost their healthcare...


Brasília (AFP), Oct 26 – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro found himself in social media time-out Monday after his video warning of a supposed link...


This October 2021, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) marks the 50th anniversary since restoration of its lawful seat at the United Nations. As...

Capital Health

Lima,Peru, Oct 23 – Peru, which has the world’s highest Covid-19 death rate per capita, has surpassed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the health...


Washington (AFP), Oct 22 – The United States on Friday sought to prevent an escalation with China, saying there was no change in Taiwan...

Capital Health

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 22 – Kenya has received an additional 504,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine directly procured by the government from...

Corona Virus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have issued an urgent call for the implementation of concrete action...