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Fri Dec 4, 2020, 02:19 PM

China will have 600 million doses by year's end, health official says

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A top Chinese vaccine development official said Friday that China is in the “final stages” of rolling out vaccines and will have 600 million doses ready by the end of 2020.

Wang Junzhi, deputy chief of China’s vaccine task force, did not specify how many of the projected doses produced by two manufacturers, Sinopharm and Sinovac, will be sold abroad or given to Chinese.

China, where covid-19 first burst into the world’s consciousness, is in the unusual position of having essentially eliminated the virus inside the country. While that means that the urgency for a vaccine is not as severe domestically, the Chinese government has poured resources into winning the vaccine race and supplying developing countries in a bid to repair its international image.

Within China, authorities say they have already administered “hundreds of thousands of doses” to high-risk people, including medical professionals, pharmaceutical researchers and workers who labor in frozen food logistics.

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