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China Says Over 1 Billion Doses Of Coronavirus Vaccine Administered


The number of injected doses represents more than a third of the world total. By Friday, the world had passed the 2.5 billion dose barrier.

06/20/2021 2:06 PM

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Updated 06/20/2021 2:06 PM

China administered

more than 1 billion doses of



, the Health Ministry announced on Sunday, without specifying the percentage of the population that has received a full vaccination.

The number of injected doses

represents more than a third of the world total


By Friday, the world had passed the barrier of 2.5 billion doses, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.

The Chinese did not rush to get vaccinated because

the virus has been almost eradicated

in the country for more than a year, thanks to mandatory quarantines, mass tests and mobile applications to control movements.

The lack of initially available data on Chinese vaccines and past adulterated dose scandals in China also

contributed to the demotivation of some people.

Beijing with tourists.

There were almost no deaths from coronavirus in recent days.

Photo EFE

Given this, the government and companies

strongly urged

residents and employees to get vaccinated.

In some cases, the authorities offer purchase vouchers or eggs to encourage vaccination.

In total,

1,010 million doses

have already been administered

, the Ministry of Health specified.

Few cases

The health authorities reported this Sunday

23 new cases in 24 hours,

all from abroad and who were placed in isolation.

China hopes to have

at least 70% of its population


before this year, or about 1 billion people.

Four vaccines

are currently approved

in the country

, all Chinese: one from the private laboratory Sinovac, two from the state giant Sinopharm and one from the pharmaceutical company CanSino Biologics.

The vaccine from the German company


could also receive the green light in the coming months, thanks in part to an agreement with a local partner.

There have only been

two deaths

from covid-19 in 13 months in China.

Shops, restaurants and bars reopened in the spring of 2020 and public opinion is generally very satisfied with the government's handling of the crisis.

China's national vaccination campaign

is open to people over 18 years of age


The country has approved the emergency use of domestic inactivated vaccines in people aged 3 to 17 years.

Detailed policies for inoculation of this age group will be formulated based on the specific COVID-19 situation.

At least 70 percent of the target population in China is expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the close of this year, according to Zeng Yixin, deputy director of the commission.

The large-scale vaccination campaign carried out in China has shown that Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are safe, Zeng said, noting that the incidence rates of common side effects and abnormal reactions caused by COVID vaccines -19

were below the average figures

reported for various vaccines included in the country's regular vaccination plans in 2019.

Source: AFP and Xinhua


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