China Says It Has Fully Vaccinated Over One Billion People Against COVID-19

China’s National Health Commission announced on Thursday that it has fully vaccinated over one billion people against COVID-19.

The Commission announced that nearly 2.16 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered, accounting for about 72% of its population of 1.4 billion people.

The current statistics included 170 million doses given to 95 million teenagers and 390 million doses taken by 200 million people aged over 60.

“We rank the top in the world in terms of total number of doses and number of people covered, and have one of the highest vaccination rates,” said Lei Zhenglong, National Health Commission disease prevention chief.

The announcement came as China prevents a new outbreak of the delta variant in the southeastern province of Fujian where 200 cases in the past six days have been confirmed.

Wang Huaqing, chief immunization expert at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the vaccination of more than 1 billion people laid the foundation for controlling the epidemic but the Delta variant outbreak was challenging the herd immunity goal.

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