Caixin
Sep 21, 2022 09:00 PM
CHINA

Another Round of Covid Boosters Needed to Help End Pandemic in China, CDC Says

What’s new: The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that letting people get a “well-timed” second Covid-19 vaccine booster shot is key to ending the domestic epidemic.

The agency said in a weekly report published Friday that “vaccination is the key” to returning to normalcy, and that “a safe, long-term exit of the pandemic will almost certainly require well-timed second booster doses.”

Although several vaccines have been approved for use in China, none are “highly effective at blocking infection and transmission,” China’s CDC said in the report. “All have waning protection after a few months” and require “one or more booster doses to maintain protection.”

The background: Most of China’s 1.4 billion population have received at least one booster shot of a Covid-19 vaccine. But the country continues to see outbreaks of the highly contagious omicron variant and its subvariants, leading local authorities to impose strict Covid restrictions that hobble the economy and everyday life.

As of August, more than 1.2 billion Chinese residents had been fully vaccinated, most receiving at least two doses of a Covid vaccine, with 820 million having received booster shots, according to the National Health Commission.

Contact reporter Wang Xintong (xintongwang@caixin.com) and editor Jonathan Breen (jonathanbreen@caixin.com)

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