Within days, China will reach a staggering one billion doses in its Covid-19 vaccination campaign – a scale and speed unmatched by any other country in the world.
On Tuesday alone, he administered more than 20 million doses. At this rate, it risks exceeding a billion doses this weekend.
Vaccinating a country of 1.4 billion people against Covid-19 is a colossal undertaking. Due to China’s successful containment of the coronavirus, many residents initially saw little urgency in getting vaccinated. A history of safety scandals involving national vaccines has also contributed to public reluctance.
For those who are still reluctant, China has a powerful tool in its arsenal: a one-party top-down system that embraces everything and forces in action, and a sprawling bureaucracy that can be quickly mobilized.
The top-down approach has been touted by officials as a force in the Chinese system that has helped curb the virus – and has again been deployed to speed up inoculations.
The all-out campaign to “vaccinate everyone who can be vaccinated” is being waged across the country, in big cities and small villages, with government agents descending into neighborhoods to convince people to get the vaccine. In state-owned enterprises, meanwhile, employees are encouraged by their bosses to get vaccinated, while vaccination sites offer perks, ranging from vouchers to free groceries and ice cream.
Huge backlog at Chinese ports could ruin your holiday shopping this year
Do your Christmas shopping earlier this year, for example very early.
A coronavirus outbreak in southern China has clogged ports critical to global trade and caused a shipping backlog that could take months to clear.
Indeed, authorities in Guangdong province – home to some of the world’s busiest container ports – have been forced to lock down communities and halt trade in order to bring the outbreak under control.
While the number of cases has declined, major ports are still operating below capacity, creating a domino effect of delays across the region. And that’s bad news especially when you’re home to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, the fourth and fifth largest full container ports in the world.
The result: The pain of this backlog may soon be felt by retailers and consumers, leading to a shortage of goods and price increases throughout the end of the year.
The clog “adds further disruption to an already stressed global supply chain, including the significant maritime portion of it,” Peter Sand, chief shipping analyst for the shipowners association, told CNN Business Bimco.
He warned that people “might not find everything they were looking for on the shelves when shopping for Christmas presents later in the year.”
- Danny Fenster, an American journalist detained in Myanmar more than three weeks ago, appeared in court in Yangon, according to Frontier Myanmar, the news outlet for which Fenster works as an editor.
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted his country faced food shortages he blamed on last year’s typhoon and floods, just months after warning North Koreans of a potential crisis imminent.
- And in rural Indonesia, live chickens are being donated by local authorities to encourage older residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
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