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Immunization drive in Beijing before congress




A universal vaccination drive has been underway in Beijing and 5 million people had already booked their shots last week as the city prepares to host the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) – the top political advisory body – in one week.

Chinese authorities have been in overdrive getting the virus under control, not only in Beijing but around the regions, before the country’s biggest political event starts in the capital.

China reported the all-clear on Monday after the National Health Commission (NHC) removed the last county, in northeastern Heilongjiang province, from the list of medium-to-high risk Covid-hit areas. 

Also, a Beijing suburb that is home to the capital’s massive new Daxing Airport, where sporadic infections had long gone under the radar, has ridden its population of local transmissions for a fortnight and been taken off the NHC’s hotspot watchlist. 

The city of Shijiazhuang, the capital of nearby Hebei province, has also been declared “Covid-free,” less than two months after unreported clusters in rural districts there sparked the biggest Covid resurgence in China after the initial epicenter of Wuhan cleared its cases.

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