China to provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge – government official

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China will provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge as soon as they change into obtainable to common public, government authorities stated on Saturday.

National Health Commission official Zheng Zhongwei stated whereas manufacturing and transport of vaccines have prices, the government might provide vaccines for free to people.

“Our people don’t have to pay a single cent for the vaccine,” Zheng informed a press occasion in Beijing.

China, in late December, authorized its first vaccine for common public use. Three vaccines had already been given to restricted teams at excessive danger of an infection, together with medical staff, via an emergency-use program.

The nation widened the inoculation scheme in mid-December to extra key teams resembling workers within the meals and public transport sectors, in an effort to stem a resurgence within the winter and spring.

Those vaccinations are additionally free for people, stated National Health Commission official Zeng Yixin.

“We had found some local governments had charged individuals fees, we…demanded immediate rectification,” Zeng informed the briefing, including that at the moment native governments have since correctly applied the free vaccination coverage.

China had administered greater than 9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, Zeng stated. Of that complete, over seven million had been administered since mid-December.

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