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Aug 13, 2021 07:53 PM
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More Than Half of China Is Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19

What’s new: More than 770 million residents of China, accounting for over half of the country’s total population, have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the top health authority said Friday.

China had administered more than 1.83 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of Thursday, Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission (NHC), said at a press conference.

Recently, several regions in China began vaccinating minors aged 12 to 17, said He Qinghua, another NHC official. The vaccination campaign is proceeding in an “orderly manner” as more than 60 million doses have been administered to minors across the country.

The background: The announcement comes as China is battling its worst Covid-19 outbreak in months.

In the country’s eastern Jiangsu province, a recent flare-up of the delta variant in Nanjing has infected hundreds and spread to other parts of the country, while neighboring Yangzhou reported nearly 500 local infections linked to a mahjong parlor and a Covid testing site in just two weeks or so.

Quick Takes are condensed versions of China-related stories for fast news you can use.

Contact reporter Wang Xintong (xintongwang@caixin.com) and editor Joshua Dummer (joshuadummer@caixin.com)

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