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- China said 65.8% of people over age 80 have received booster shots, up from 40% as of Nov. 11.
- Health authorities also announced a new push to get its elderly population further vaccinated against Covid-19.
- When asked in English whether China was reconsidering its Covid policy after the protests, an official simply said they have been monitoring the virus' development, without further elaboration.
BEIJING — Mainland China announced significant progress Tuesday in getting Covid-19 booster shots for people "over age 80."
As of Monday, 65.8% of that age category had received booster shots, an official told reporters.
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That's up from 40% as of Nov. 11, according to prior disclosures.
China also announced a new push to get its elderly population further vaccinated for Covid-19.
An official said at a press conference that vaccination is still effective in preventing severe illness and death, and that the elderly are among the biggest beneficiaries.
on how authorities would go about vaccinating more people.
Analysts have said that getting a greater share of the population vaccinated would help put China on the path to reopening. Only China-made vaccines are locally available so far.
The Covid vaccination rate for older people in China is generally below that of the U.S. and Singapore.
Tuesday's announcement and press conference followedas pockets of people in cities across China vented their frustration with Covid policy. in some areas, in contrast with signals from Beijing earlier in the month that suggested China was on its way toward reopening.
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The weekend demonstrations weighed on market sentiment in Asia on Monday. There were no indications of subsequent protests amid heightened security.
Mainland China's latest Covid controls have negatively affected 25.1% of national GDP as of Monday, according to a Nomura model. That's above the prior peak of 21.2% recorded in April during the lockdown in Shanghai.
When asked in Englishafter the protests, an official simply said they have been monitoring the virus' development, without further elaboration.
The country reported for Monday the
China security forces are well-prepared for quashing dissent .
BEIJING (AP) — When it comes to ensuring the security of their regime, China’s Communist Party rulers don't skimp. The extent of that lavish spending was put on display when the boldest street protests in decades broke out in Beijing and other cities, driven by anger over rigid and seemingly unending restrictions to combat COVID-19. The government has been preparing for such challenges for decades, installing the machinery needed to quash large-scale upheavals. After an initially muted response, with security personnel using pepper spray and tear gas, police and paramilitary troops flooded city streets with jeeps, vans and armored cars in a massive show of force.