One billion in China fully vaccinated

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 17 Sep 2021

China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people against the coronavirus - 71 percent of its population, official figures showed yesterday.

The country where Covid-19 was first detected has mostly curbed the virus but is racing to get the vast majority of its population vaccinated as a new outbreak flickers in the southeast.

"As of September 15, 2.16 billion vaccine doses have been administered nationwide," said National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng at a press briefing.

China is currently battling an outbreak of the Delta variant in Fujian province that has infected almost 200 people so far in three cities, dozens of whom are schoolchildren.

The country reported 49 new domestic transmissions yesterday, the vast majority in Fujian.

The cluster is the biggest rebound in weeks and comes after the country declared the Delta variant under control, in a test of China's "zero-case" approach to the pandemic.

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