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Xi: Authorities Should Not Relax COVID Measures


Speaking on state media, President Xi Jinping states that the Chinese authorities should not relax COVID-19 control and prevention measures.

  • Says authorities should continue with 'dynamic COVID clearance' policy.
  • Says 'we should limit COVID impact on economic and social development'.
  • China remains one of few nations on earth pursuing a 'zero COVID' strategy, with extremely strict lockdown restrictions hitting cities of tens of millions of people, most notably Shanghai.
  • The low efficacy of Chinese-developed vaccines (compared to those developed by Western pharma companies), a lower level of vaccination among the elderly and vulnerable in China (vaccinations distributed based on occupation rather than vulnerability to virus), and a low level of natural immunity due to suppressed spread of the virus among the young and healthy all contributing to concern about the prospect of a more widespread outbreak.

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