In China, more than one billion people have been vaccinated against Covid 19. The country’s health authorities say that number is more than a third of the total vaccinations worldwide.
A total of 1,010,489,000 doses have been given as of Saturday, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement.
Combining data from official sources, AFP reported that the Chinese vaccine dose was released on Friday after surpassing the world’s 2.5 billion vaccine dose. Those doses are almost 40% of the 2.5 billion shots administered globally.
The NHC said 100 million doses were given in the five days up to and including Saturday, according to state media outlet Xinhua.
The 1 billion number is all the more remarkable given that China’s rollout had a stuttering start.
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