Jun 04, 2021 07:55 PM

A Covid-19 Vaccine You Can Shoot Up Your Nose, Abusers Can No Longer Be Hired by Schools

Here’s today’s ranking of the top 10 most-read domestic stories in China, in economics, finance and current affairs. We want to help you get a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere.

Internet users continue to follow the supportive measures brought along with the “three-child” policy, as well as the story of a Guangdong province lawmaker’s suggestion that free HPV vaccines could be offered to girls in junior high. They are also paying attention to the possible use of a nasal spray Covid-19 vaccine, and this year’s new record for the number of students sitting the national college entrance exam, or “gaokao.”

1. National lawmaker advocates extending women’s maternity leave to three years

Zhu Lieyu, a member of China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress, said during an interview (external source, in Chinese) Monday that maternity leave should be extended to three years from 98 days at present, in response to the announcement of the new three-child policy by the country’s top leadership.

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2. “Three-child” policy needs supportive measures in 10 areas

The Politburo points out 10 areas that need to be addressed (external source, in Chinese) to support the three-child policy, including “educational guidance to young people of childbearing age,” promoting education equality, and lowering families’ education costs.

3. Guangdong lawmaker suggests free HPV vaccines for girls in junior high

Xu Hong, a member of the Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress, suggests (external source, in Chinese) HPV vaccines for junior high school girls should be included in basic public health service.

4. Covid nasal spray vaccine awaits emergency use approval

Chen Wei, a prominent Chinese vaccine scientist, revealed (external source, in Chinese) at a conference Thursday that a Covid-19 nasal spray vaccine, jointly developed by Chen’s team and a Chinese biotech company, has applied for emergency use approval in China.

5. Huawei donates core foundation framework of its Harmony OS

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has donated (external source, in Chinese) the core foundation framework of the HarmonyOS 2.0, officially released on Wednesday, to the Openatom Foundation for manufacturers to make products based on it.

6. New record for gaokao candidates

This year’s national college entrance exam, or “gaokao,” will be taken by 10.78 million students, an increase of 70,000 from last year and a new record, the Ministry of Education said in a Thursday statement (external source, in Chinese).

7. New regulation bars schools from hiring abusers

A new regulation (external source, in Chinese) bars schools from employing staff who have been expelled or dismissed for abuse, sexual harassment or administering corporal punishment.

8. Over 700 million Covid vaccine doses administered in China

As of Thursday, more than 700 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered across China, according to the National Health Commission (external source).

9. Foxconn facility in Shenzhen catches fire

A fire broke out Wednesday morning (external source, in Chinese) at a facility operated in Shenzhen by Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Foxconn. The fire was extinguished and there were no casualties.

10. Top education authority asks schools to offer sex education

A regulation introduced by the Ministry of Education requires (external source, in Chinese) schools to provide sex education to students to improve their awareness of sexual assault and harassment.

Read the top 10 global news on the same day.

Translated by reporter Cai Xuejiao.

The daily ranking of most read news stories among Chinese people, about China and global affairs, is jointly provided to you by Caixin Insight and HANA Data, an artificial intelligence technology team.

The key indicators calculated on the list are based on mass data sourced from China’s mainstream social media platforms and online news websites. Click here for a detailed introduction of our methodology.

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