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World Beijing rolls out Covid-19 booster shots ahead of Olympics

07:26  20 october  2021
07:26  20 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Beijing is starting to offer residents booster jabs for Covid - 19 , local media said Wednesday, as the Chinese capital gears up to host a tightly controlled Winter Olympics in February. China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people -- more than 78 per cent of the population -- as of mid-September Booster shot programmes have been announced in at least 10 other Chinese provinces in recent weeks, including cities in Fujian province and the Xinjiang region, where local outbreaks have been reported in the past month. Authorities show no sign of loosening their zero-tolerance approach

BEIJING , Oct 20 (Reuters) - China lit its Olympic flame on Wednesday after the arrival of the ceremonial torch from Athens, ahead of Beijing 's hosting of the 2022 Winter Games in February. 20, becoming the first city to host both the summer and winter games, amid a COVID - 19 pandemic that means overseas spectators will be excluded. Beijing Communist Party chief Cai Qi lit a cauldron from a flame that left Athens on Oct. 19 and travelled to Beijing in a red lantern designed in the likeness of a Han Dynasty tomb artefact, carried by torchbearers decked in white.

Beijing is starting to offer residents booster jabs for Covid-19, local media said Wednesday, as the Chinese capital gears up to host a tightly controlled Winter Olympics in February.

There have been concerns over the efficacy of Chinese vaccines against the Delta variant of the coronavirus © NICOLAS ASFOURI There have been concerns over the efficacy of Chinese vaccines against the Delta variant of the coronavirus

China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people -- more than 78 per cent of the population -- as of mid-September, according to the National Health Commission.

But there are concerns over the efficacy of Chinese vaccines against the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Covid was first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has since swept the globe, but strict border controls have mostly reduced the number of daily cases in China to a trickle.

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Boosters will be offered to residents aged over 18 who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months, according to a report in the state-run Beijing News.

The move comes as Beijing is set to host the Winter Olympics under strict rules that will see athletes live and compete in a "closed loop" and only Chinese spectators allowed to watch events.

Athletes must be vaccinated or face 21-day quarantine upon entry to China.

Chinese health experts have said the country needs to reach around 85 percent vaccination coverage to achieve herd immunity -- a goal that authorities are trying to achieve by the end of this year.

Booster shot programmes have been announced in at least 10 other Chinese provinces in recent weeks, including cities in Fujian province and the Xinjiang region, where local outbreaks have been reported in the past month.

Authorities show no sign of loosening their zero-tolerance approach in the run-up to the international sporting event.

A fresh outbreak involving a tour group has spread to at least five provinces -- as well as one case in the capital.

That has prompted the closure of public transport, entertainment venues, schools and tourist sites in a handful of cities in Inner Mongolia and Gansu province.

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