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China should accelerate COVID vaccinations, expert warns

Logistics, not production, key to reaching herd immunity in country

A worker performs a quality check in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech during a government-organized media tour in Beijing.    © Reuters

China should speed up the pace of vaccinations to plug the immunity gap against COVID-19 in the population, a top public health researcher has warned.

Zhang Wenhong, director of the infectious disease department at Shanghai's Huashan Hospital, told an online event hosted by the U.S.-based Brookings Institution on Monday that China has sufficient COVID-19 vaccine production capacity, but the pace of vaccination is of "great concern."

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