Fri 22 October 2021:
Authorities in China have begun administering booster vaccinations against the deadly coronavirus disease in Beijing and neighboring areas, according to local media reports. This comes four months before the capital city hosts the Winter Olympics.
Those who are 18 or older, have had two doses of Chinese vaccinations, and are in at-risk categories, such as those who engage in, organize, or work on sports facilities, are eligible for the second injection.
Beijing’s booster campaign was launched earlier this week.
The games will begin on February 4th, with only Chinese citizens permitted to attend.
The viral disease has so far resulted in 96,665 cases, 4,636 deaths, 91,511 recoveries, and 518 active cases in China. The country recorded 43 additional cases on Thursday. Of these, 28 were transmitted locally.
Authorities in China have halted schools, canceled hundreds of flights, and increased mass testing to combat a new outbreak linked to a group of visitors.
The fresh outbreak, according to AFP reports, can be traced back to an elderly couple who were with a group of other travelers. They began their trip in Shanghai and then traveled to Xi’an, Gansu Province, and Inner Mongolia.
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