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China rushes to vaccinate delegates ahead of national congress

Legislators nationwide receive doses early to protect key gathering

The National People's Congress, last year's closing session seen here in May 2020, brings together 3,000 officials and delegates from around the country.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Delegates to the upcoming National People's Congress legislative session have begun receiving coronavirus vaccinations, as China aims to prevent any outbreaks at the crucial political event.

This year's NPC opens in early March alongside the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the national political advisory body. All delegates to the twin gatherings are expected to receive shots.

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