China Says No Need To Vaccinate Entire Population Against COVID-19


According to reporting from CNN, the government of China has announced that they do not intend to vaccinate their entire population. China’s head doctor Gao Fu, Director of China’s CDC made the statement at a vaccine summit in the city of Shenzhen on Saturday, according to state-run news agency China News Service.

The question of vaccinating the public was one of balancing “risks and benefits,” he added, pointing to factors like cost and potential side effects. There isn’t currently a need for mass vaccination at this stage — though that could change if another serious outbreak takes place, Gao said.

Gao Fu

Fu said that they planned to focus on vaccinating frontline workers and did not see the necessity to attempt to vaccinate their entire population. China’s policy is a departure from other countries who are focussed on a broader implementation of vaccines against COVID-19. Fu did remark that they would evaluate their plan should any major outbreaks of COVID-19 occur.