China To Begin Vaccinating Children As Young As 3 Years Old

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By Associated Press
October 25, 2021

At slightest 5 provinces accidental children 3 to 11 years aged volition person the shots arsenic the state is doing each it tin to tamp down tiny outbreaks.

Children arsenic young arsenic 3 volition commencement receiving COVID-19 vaccines successful China, wherever 76% of the colonisation has been afloat vaccinated and authorities are maintaining a zero-tolerance argumentation toward outbreaks.

China becomes 1 of the precise fewer countries successful the satellite to commencement vaccinating children that young against the virus. Cuba, for one, has begun a vaccine thrust for children arsenic young arsenic 2. The U.S. and galore European countries let COVID-19 shots down to property 12, though the U.S. is moving rapidly toward opening vaccinations to 5- to 11-year-olds.

Local metropolis and provincial level governments successful astatine slightest 5 Chinese provinces issued notices successful caller days announcing that children ages 3 to 11 volition beryllium required to get their vaccinations.

The enlargement of the vaccination run comes arsenic parts of China instrumentality caller clampdown measures to effort to stamp retired tiny outbreaks. Gansu, a northwestern state heavy babelike connected tourism, closed each tourer sites Monday aft uncovering caller COVID-19 cases. Residents successful parts of Inner Mongolia person been ordered to enactment indoors due to the fact that of an outbreak there.

The National Health Commission reported that 35 caller cases of section transmission had been detected implicit the past 24 hours, 4 of them successful Gansu. An further 19 cases were recovered successful the Inner Mongolia region, with others scattered astir the country.

China has employed lockdowns, quarantines and compulsory investigating for the microorganism passim the pandemic and has mostly stamped retired cases of section corruption portion afloat vaccinating 1.07 cardinal radical retired of a colonisation of 1.4 billion.

In particular, the authorities is acrophobic astir the dispersed of the much contagious Delta variant by travelers and astir having a mostly vaccinated nationalist up of the Beijing Olympics successful February. Overseas spectators already person been banned from the Winter Games, and participants volition person to enactment successful a bubble separating them from radical outside.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.