Half of China's population fully vaccinated as focus turns to teenagers
By Global Times Published: Aug 13, 2021 05:54 PM
More than 777 million Chinese - more than half of the Chinese population - have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the National Health Commission (NHC) reported in its latest progress update released on Friday.
A total of 1.83 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administrated in the Chinese mainland, Mi Feng, spokesperson of NHC, said at a press briefing Friday afternoon.
Although the total number of domestic-transmitted COVID-19 cases has been on the rise for 19 consecutive days, involving 16 provinces and 156 medium-to-high risk areas, the commission official said that the risk of a large-scale domestic outbreak remains remote, and the overall situation is well under control. .
Over 1,282 domestically transmitted cases have been reported in 48 cities in 18 provinces as of Thursday in the latest wave of outbreakā¦ zero cases have been reported for over five days in 36 cities, said He Qinghua, a senior NHC official.
He noted that more than 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administrated to young people aged 12 to 17.
In some hard-hit foreign countries, the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 among children is increasing... vaccination of children is also an integral part of building herd immunity, said Wang Huaqing, an immunologist with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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