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China administers 1 billion doses of vaccine

Chinese authorities say more than one billion doses of the Covidien vaccine have administered in China, more than a third of all vaccine doses worldwide.

China’s vaccination campaign started slowly after authorities succeeded in containing cases of the virus.

However, incentives, such as free eggs, and fears of an outbreak of the delta variant have accelerated vaccination.

Chinese authorities aim to fully vaccinate 40 per cent of the country’s 1.4 billion people by July.

The Chinese population is being supply with domestically produced Chinese vaccines, including those from Sino pharm and Sino pharm. Both vaccines require two doses.

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After the blockade and mass testing stopped the spread of the virus, many Chinese did not feel the need to get vaccinated. Previous vaccine scandals have also kept some people on edge.

The pace of vaccination has accelerated rapidly, however, and China’s National Health Commission said it took just five days to complete the last 100 million doses of the vaccine.

An outbreak of the delta variant of the vaccine in the southern province of Guangdong has also convinced some Chinese to be vaccinate.

Doctors in the southern city of Guangzhou told the New York Times that the symptoms of the new variant appeared to be different and more dangerous than the original form of the virus that began spreading in Wuhan in late 2019.

The newspaper quoted a resident of Shenzhen, a city near Guangzhou, as saying she had been hesitant to get vaccinate because of possible side effects, but had now changed her mind.

“I want to get vaccinated, but now it is very difficult to get an appointment,” the 27-year-old said, adding that incentives such as free eggs or free rides to vaccination centers were no longer offer.

Other regions have offered a range of modest incentives. The central province of Anhui has also offered people free eggs, while some Beijingers have received shopping vouchers.

The National Health Council says the goal is to have 70% of the population fully vaccinated by the end of this year.

Three Chinese vaccines are license for emergency use in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) has licensed two vaccines – from Sino pharm and Sino pharm – for emergency use.

The two vaccines have already used in other countries, including the Philippines, Chile, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey.

WHO said the Sino pharm vaccine was estimate to be 79% effective in symptomatic and hospitalized cases of covid-19.

GMP’s vaccine prevented symptomatic disease in 51% of those vaccinated and severe symptoms and hospitalization in 100% of the sample.

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