The Chinese government indicated that not everyone in the country will need to get vaccinated for COVID-19, reported MSN.
"Since the first wave of COVID19 appeared in Wuhan, China has already survived the impact of Covid-19 several times," said Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to Gao, there currently isn't a need for mass vaccination at this stage, although that could change if another serious outbreak takes place.
The question of vaccinating the public was one of balancing "risks and benefits," he added, pointing to factors like cost and potential side effects.
The news source said the policy sets China apart from many Western governments, notably Australia, that have outlined plans to introduce mass public vaccination drives.
Gao said any potential vaccine would instead be prioritized for those on the front lines, such as medical workers, Chinese nationals working overseas in virus hostpots, and people working in dense, high-risk environments like restaurants, schools or cleaning services.
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