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National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China
Oct 3: Daily briefing on novel coronavirus cases in China
On Oct 2, 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps on the Chinese mainland reported 10 new cases of confirmed infections.
Central authority inspects local COVID-19 prevention
China’s central authority has sent inspection teams to multiple regions in the country in a supervision campaign to check COVID-19 containment measures and make sure these localities are ready to prevent a resurgence of infections in autumn and winter…
Macao SAR gov’t to buy 1.4 mln COVID-19 vaccines for all residents
The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government will buy 1.4 million doses of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines for all Macao residents, the SAR’s COVID-19 response center said here on Sept 28.
The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center of the Macao SAR told the press that the vaccines will be sent to Macao in different batches, and certain groups such as senior residents, patients with chronic diseases and people working in anti-pandemic frontlines will get vaccinated with priority.
The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is enough to cover all those priority groups, whose number is estimated at 150,000, the response center added…
China reports good results on 11 vaccine candidates
… A senior official with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, Wu Yuanbin, said on Sept 25 China has registered good results on the safety and efficiency of vaccines in the phase one and two clinical trials. He added that China is among the countries leading in COVID-19 vaccine research and development.
“Eleven vaccine candidates are under clinical trial, and four of them are in phase three trials. Chinese companies are working with related organizations in other countries, including those in the Middle East, South America, and Southeast Asia.”
The ministry says the trials are going well, but it’s still uncertain when the vaccines will be in the market. It has also outlined how the vaccines will be distributed when ready….
Expert: Large-scale vaccination will take 1-2 years
It will need at least one or two years for mass vaccination to prevent COVID-19, Zhong Nanshan, a leading respiratory disease expert, said on Sept 24, and he called on people to take conventional measures to prevent the disease at present…