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Health authority: Over 1.25b Chinese people fully inoculated against COVID-19

Updated:2022-05-07 10:11:41

A citizen receives a COVID-19 vaccine jab in Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, April 20, 2022. Photo by CFP

Over 1.25 billion people in China, or 88.74 percent of the country's total population, had been fully inoculated against COVID-19 as of Thursday, a Chinese health official said at a news briefing on Friday.

In total, nearly 3.35 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered across the Chinese mainland, said Wu Liangyou, an official with the National Health Commission (NHC), and nearly 757 million people, or over half of the population, had received the booster jab.

As for the senior citizens aged 60 and above – the most vulnerable to COVID-19 – over 227 million people, or 86.23 percent of the group, had been vaccinated. Among them, nearly 216 million people had been fully inoculated, and over 162 million people had received booster shots, according to Wu.

COVID-19 situation in China stabilizing

Since the start of May, the overall COVID-19 situation in China is stabilizing, with the numbers of daily new confirmed cases and asymptomatic cases continuing to drop, said Mi Feng, spokesperson for the NHC.

But he added that there is still a risk of a virus resurgence and the situation remains challenging and complicated.

Wu also noted that the situation in China is taking a turn for the better, which has remained largely under control during the just ended five-day Labor Day holiday.

Shanghai, the hardest-hit city in China's latest Omicron wave, is seeing a continuous decline in the number of daily new infections. Meanwhile, Beijing has diminished the risk of the virus spreading by conducting mass nucleic acid testing in key areas and adopting active containment measures, Wu said.

However, he warned that provinces including northeast China's Liaoning, east China's Zhejiang and central China's Henan are seeing new waves, and the sources are yet to be determined.

Both officials reiterated the need for the country to adhere to the "dynamic zero-COVID" strategy, doubling efforts to address regional cluster infections and ensuring that the infected people can be identified and controlled in a timely manner to curb further spread of the virus.