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China to develop new vaccines, medicines

China will develop new vaccines and medicines to control health outbreaks and ensure public safety, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday (March 5).

After abandoning its zero-COVID policy in early December, the country was hit hard by an increase in COVID-19 cases, which spread the virus to its 1.4 billion people. The vaccination of its most vulnerable citizens, notably the elderly, was given utmost attention by the government.

China would upgrade vaccines and create new medicines more scientifically and efficiently.

China’s top officials claimed the world’s lowest fatality rate last month and announced a “major victory” over COVID-19. But, analysts have disputed such claims.

Li stated that the country would continue prioritizing epidemic prevention and medical care for the elderly, children, and groups with underlying ailments in a government work report at the opening of China’s annual parliament meeting.

Beijing has relied on locally produced vaccines because it has been mainly resistant to Western vaccines and treatments.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) stated that China would keep up its efforts to ensure the production, delivery, and distribution of essential medical goods.

According to the report, major drugstore chains and online platforms will improve the efficiency of drug transportation and distribution. KD/Expat Media

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