Within days, China will reach 1 billion doses in its COVID-19 vaccination campaign – a scale and speed unmatched by any other country in the world.
On Tuesday alone it delivered more than 20 million doses. At that rate, it is likely to exceed 1 billion doses by the end of this week.
Vaccinating a country of 1.4 billion people against COVID-19 is a huge undertaking. Due to the successful containment of the corona virus in China, many residents initially saw little time to get vaccinated. A history of safety scandals involving domestic vaccines also contributed to public hesitation.
For those still reluctant, China has a powerful tool in its arsenal: a top-down, one-party system that is empowered in access and in action, and a vast bureaucracy that can be mobilized rapidly. .
The top-down approach has been touted by officials as a strength of the Chinese system that helped contain the virus – and has been deployed to accelerate re-vaccination.
Across the country, in big cities and small villages, there is an all-out campaign for “everyone can be vaccinated”, with government employees flocking to neighborhoods to persuade people to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, at state-owned companies, employees are urged by their bosses to get shots, while vaccination sites offer benefits ranging from shopping vouchers to free groceries and ice cream.
A huge backlog at China’s ports could spoil your holiday shopping this year
Get your Christmas shopping done early this year—like, really early.
A coronavirus outbreak in southern China has closed important ports for global trade and caused a shipping backlog that could take months to clear.
That’s because authorities in Guangdong province – home to some of the world’s busiest container ports – were forced to close communities and suspend trade to help bring the outbreak under control.
While the number of cases has come down, major ports are still operating below capacity, creating a domino effect of delays across the region. And that’s especially bad news when you’re home to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the world’s fourth and fifth largest comprehensive container ports.
The result: the pain from this backlog could soon be felt by retailers and consumers, leading to shortages of goods and pushing up prices by the end of the year.
The “clog” is adding additional disruption to an already stressed global supply chain, including critical sea legs, Peter Sand, chief shipping analyst at shipowners’ union BIMCO, told CNN Business.
He warned that people “may not find all they were looking for on the shelves when shopping for year-end Christmas gifts.”
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- and live in rural Indonesia Chicken’s Older residents are being given an incentive by local authorities to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
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