China administered total of 2.216 bln doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Oct 6


According to National Health Commission data released on Thursday, China administered approximately 954,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, bringing the total number of doses administered to more than 2.216 billion.

As of Sept. 15, a total of 2.16 billion doses had been administered in China, according to Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission in Beijing, fully inoculating more than 1.01 billion people.

The country has also fully vaccinated  more than 91 percent of students aged 12-17 against the coronavirus, according to a report on state television in early September, though authorities warned that schools must remain vigilant.

Although China’s two main vaccines have been approved for use in children as young as three, authorities in charge of vaccination rollout have yet to make children under the age of 12 eligible.

The speed with which the vaccination program is being implemented places China first among the world’s largest economies.

In the United States and Japan, slightly more than half of the population is fully vaccinated, while rates in the United Kingdom and Germany exceed 60%.

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