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Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

 

December 1, 2022

Ahn Young-joon, Associated Press

Demonstrators stage a rally to denounce Chinese government's continued zero-COVID policies in South Korea on Wednesday.

BEIJING - A campaign to vaccinate the elderly has sparked hopes China might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign, but the country faces daunting hurdles and up to a year of hard work before "zero COVID" can end.

Stock markets rose after the National Health Commission on Tuesday announced the long-awaited campaign. A low vaccination rate is one of the biggest obstacles to ending curbs that have confined millions of people to their homes, depressed the economy and kept most visitors out of China. Health officials gave no indication how long it might take.

A vaccination campaign will require months and China also needs to build up its hospitals and work out a long-term virus strategy, health experts and economists warn. They say "zero COVID" is likely to stay in place until mid-2023 and possibly as late as 2024.

https://www.startribune.com/chinese-vaccine-plans-spark-hope-for-end-of-zero-covid/600231325/

 

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