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China set to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination

Beijing prepares to approve 600m inactivated doses by end-December

A worker performs checks in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, which is developing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, in Beijing, China, Sept. 24.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China is making the final preparations before rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use and mass production, even as clinical trials for various vaccines continue locally and abroad.

Unlike some countries, which have already authorized vaccines, Beijing is treading cautiously, balancing the needs of serving a huge domestic population and meeting international demand, with several vaccine candidates being trialed.

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