Chinese government claims to have injected 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine
China's Ministry of Health reports that it has successfully injected 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for its citizens. This figure, said the Ministry of Health, is more than a third of the number of COVID-19 vaccines they donate for global needs.
UMMATIMES - This figure was reached last Saturday, June 19, 2021, after 20.23 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered. The Chinese government's target is that 40 percent of China's 1.4 billion people have been fully vaccinated by the end of this month.
To boost the vaccination rate, along with the emergence of the Delta variant which spreads more quickly, the Chinese government is trying various ways to attract citizens' interest. One of them is by giving gifts for those who want to be vaccinated.
For example, in Anhui Province, residents get a free packet of eggs if they want to be vaccinated. Another example, in Beijing, the local government promised shopping vouchers as gifts.
In China, there are four COVID-19 vaccines used by the government. Two of them are Sinovac and Sinopharm. In terms of efficacy, both vaccines are lower than their main competitors, Pfizer and Moderna, which originate from America and have efficacy above 90 percent.
Sinovac, when referring to clinical trial data in Brazil, has an efficacy of 50 percent to prevent infection and 80 percent to prevent cases that require medical treatment. Sinopharm, has 79 percent efficacy. Each Chinese citizen received two doses of one of the vaccines.
The Chinese government is targeting 3 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be produced this year. The amount is good for local needs, donations, and commercial.
China, which was once the epicenter of the virus, is now in the 100th position of the country most affected by the COVID-19 virus. They have recorded 91,587 cases and 4,636 deaths from COVID-19 according to WorldOMeter data.