China aims to vaccinate at least 40% of its people by June
China plans to vaccinate 40% of its 1.4 billion people against Covid-19 by the end of June, the country’s top health expert said. The ambitious target to inoculate 560 million people means the world’s most populous country will have to pick up its pace, as only 3.5% have been vaccinated so far. As of Feb. 28, 52.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered, according to Zhong Nanshan, a senior medical adviser to the Chinese government.
Chinese health experts say the country has enough vaccine supply for its population, although the country has pledged to provide close to half a billion doses abroad, roughly 10 times the number it has delivered at home. Developers of China’s four currently approved vaccines have said they could manufacture up to 2.6 billion doses by the end of this year. Still, vaccinating China’s massive population will be a daunting task.
China now has four domestically developed and produced vaccines that have been approved for use, after the regulator greenlit entrants from CanSino Biologics Inc and Sinopharm Group Co’s Wuhan subsidiary last week.
While China tackled its few flare-ups quickly after suppressing the initial outbreak in central Wuhan, the country is still struggling to balance opening its economy and controlling the virus in a sustainable manner.