China comments on safety of Covid-19 vaccines — Analysis

Beijing has praised its jabs. Xi Jinping, and all the other high-ranking leaders in Beijing received immunizations made at home.

China continues to push for safety and effectiveness in its Covid-19 vaccinations. President Xi Jinping has referred to them as being good enough that he could fully rely upon them.

“All China’s incumbent party and state leaders have completed vaccination against the coronavirus with domestically developed vaccines,”Zeng Yixin (deputy director, National Health Commission) spoke to reporters Saturday. According to him, Chinese leaders are putting their trust in Covid-19 vaccines developed in China.

China is trying to reduce flareups by imposition of lockdowns and mass testing in cities like Shanghai. More than 92% of China’s population has received at least one Covid-19 shot, while nearly 90% is considered fully vaccinated. Only 71.7% had received a booster shot.

Like vaccines developed in other countries, the Chinese jabs haven’t fully halted the spread of the virus. However, the homegrown vaccines protect well against severe illness and death caused by Covid-19’s Omicron variants, said Feng Zijian, secretary general of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association.

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Chinese officials said that research and development are ongoing on vaccines for Omicron subvariants. Some of these jabs have already been subject to clinical trials.

With China achieving high inoculation rates in its own population, the world’s largest, and providing billions of jabs to low- and middle-income countries, Beijing’s Sinopharm and CoronaVac have been among the most heavily used vaccines globally. China has more domestically administered vaccines than any other country, exceeding 3.4 billion. This is nearly six times as many as the US.

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