China has used more than one billion doses of coronavirus vaccines, according to Chinese officials; That is more than a third of the total number of doses used of those vaccines worldwide.
And the march of immunization against the epidemic began slowly in China after the relevant authorities in the country succeeded in controlling the outbreak of the virus.
But the incentives announced by Beijing for those who receive the vaccine – such as obtaining free quantities of eggs – along with concerns about the new delta strain of the Corona virus, have prompted the rapid vaccination process to higher levels in the recent period.
China aims to complete the full immunization of about 40 percent of its population, which is equal to 1.4 billion people, by next July.
China offers to vaccinate its population with homemade vaccines, including the Sinopharma and Sinovac vaccines, both of which require two doses to be injected into the person.
After general closures and testing for the virus on large groups of the population and on a large scale in the country contributed to preventing the spread of the virus from spreading, the Chinese felt that they did not need the vaccine. Previous vaccine scandals also contributed to a state of anxiety among some Chinese that prevented them from getting immunized.
Despite this, the process of distributing coronavirus vaccines has accelerated. Chinas National Health Commission said it used 100 million doses in just five days.
The spread of the delta strain of the virus in the southern state of Guangdong convinced some Chinese of the need to vaccinate against the virus.
Doctors from the Chinese city of Guangzhou told the New York Times that the symptoms of the new strain of the epidemic are different and pose a greater risk to infected people than the original strain of the virus that began spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
A resident of Shenzhen, near Guangzhou, told the American newspaper that she did not want to take the vaccine because of her fear of side effects, but she has now changed her mind.
The 27-year-old Chinese woman added: “I want to receive the vaccine, but I am having a very difficult time scheduling the vaccination,” stressing that incentives such as free eggs and free deliveries to vaccine centers are no longer offered.
Still, other regions offer modest incentives. For example, we have the main Chinese state of Anhui offering free eggs to those who receive the vaccine, while the capital, Beijing, offers them shopping vouchers at discounted prices.
The National Health Committee of China said that it aims to achieve full immunization for about 70 percent of the country’s population by the end of this year.
Chinese vaccines have been approved for emergency use inside the country. The Sinopharma and Sinovac vaccines have also been approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
These two vaccines are already used in a number of countries in the world, such as the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Turkey.
The World Health Organization said that the effectiveness of the Sinopharm vaccine is up to 79 percent in reducing the severity of symptoms and cases of infection that require hospitalization.
She added that the Sinovac vaccine prevented infection and the emergence of symptoms in 51 percent of those who received the vaccine, and prevented the emergence of serious symptoms and prevented hospitalization for 100 percent of the samples that received this vaccine.