China speeds up vaccination to reach US, but there are challenges

China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention raised its vaccination target earlier this month, and now aims to immunize up to 560 million people, or 40% of the population, by the end of June

By Bloomberg

Published on: 05/04/2021 at 15h57

Changed on: 05/04/2021 at 16h11

2021-04-05

2021-04-05
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Woman with a mask in Hebei province, China: the slow immunization threatens to undermine the advantage gained by controlling the coronavirus effectively (Oriental Image via Reuters Connect / Reuters)

A China speeds up the vaccination campaign against covid-19 with the aim of being twice as fast as the USA. The Asian country is now putting pressure on members of the Communist Party, bank and university officials to get a vaccine, as the slow immunization threatens to undermine the advantage gained by controlling the coronavirus effectively.

The immunization campaign has intensified significantly in recent weeks, and China has now administered an average of 5 million doses per day compared to less than 1 million at the beginning of the year. While this is a significant increase, it translates to five doses for every 100 people, compared with 25 in the U.S. and 56 in Israel, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker.Like other countries in the Asia-Pacific region that have managed to control the coronavirus, China faces significant obstacles in its vaccination campaign, as people do not see the same urgent need for vaccination as in countries that are still struggling with covid-19.

However, the prospect of other countries – especially geopolitical rivals like the United States – achieving collective immunity and reopening their economies and borders earlier strengthens the determination to accelerate vaccinations in China.

(Our World In Data / Adapted / Reproduction)

“It will be a challenge to the success of China’s covid response if developed countries are reopening while China is still trying to prevent the virus from arriving,” said Yanzhong Huang, director of the Center for Global Health Studies at Seton Hall University in New Jersey .

China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention raised its vaccination target earlier this month, and now aims to immunize up to 560 million people, or 40% of the population, by the end of June.This means that China will need to administer about 460 million doses in the next three months – more than double the goal declared by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, for approximately the same period.

– With the collaboration of Jun Luo

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