Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

China’s COVID spike not due to lifting of restrictions — WHO director

PEOPLE wearing face masks are seen at a subway station in Shanghai, China, Jan. 18, 2021. — REUTERS

GENEVA — Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections were exploding in China well before the government’s decision to abandon its strict “zero-COVID” policy, a World Health Organization (WHO) director said on Wednesday, quashing suggestions that the sudden reversal caused a spike in cases.

The comments by the WHO’s emergencies director Mike Ryan came as he warned of the need to ramp up vaccinations in the world’s No. 2 economy. 

Speaking at a briefing with media, he said the virus was spreading “intensively” in the nation long before the lifting of restrictions. 

“There’s a narrative at the moment that China lifted the restrictions and all of a sudden the disease is out of control,” he said. 

“The disease was spreading intensively because I believe the control measures in themselves were not stopping the disease. And I believe China decided strategically that was not the best option anymore.” 

Beijing started pivoting away from its signature “zero-COVID” policy this month after protests against the economically damaging curbs championed by President Xi Jinping. 

The sudden loosening of restrictions has sparked long queues outside fever clinics in a worrying sign that a wave of infections is building, even though official tallies of new cases have trended lower recently as authorities eased back on testing. 

In its most recent COVID report for the week to Nov. 27, the WHO said China had reported increasing hospitalizations for four consecutive weeks. 

“So the challenge that China and other countries still have is: are the people that need to be vaccinated, adequately vaccinated, with the right vaccines and the right number of doses and when was the last time those people had the vaccines,” said Dr. Ryan. 

WESTERN VACCINE 

The elation in China that met the changes in policy allowing people to live with the virus has quickly faded amid mounting concerns about surging infections because the population lacks “herd immunity” and has low vaccination rates among the elderly. 

WHO’s senior epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said the UN agency was providing technical advice to China and Ryan said there were open channels. 

Among the first major announced deals in which a Western drugmaker will supply China with COVID therapies, China Meheco Group Co. Ltd. said on Wednesday it would import and distribute Pfizer’s oral COVID-19 treatment Paxlovid. 

Earlier in the briefing, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was “hopeful” that the pandemic, which has killed more than 6.6 million people since it emerged in Wuhan, China, three years ago, will no longer be considered a global emergency some time next year. — Reuters

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> The chain announced last year that it would be selling nearly 40 of its pubs due to the combined impact of...

Editor’s Pick

<?xml encoding=”utf-8″ ??> The highest taxpayers in the UK include a scrap metal dealer, JK Rowling, the founder of Gymshark, Sting and the Duke...

News

PIXABAY SYDNEY — Australia’s competition regulator said on Friday it would check whether influencers on social media platforms had failed to disclose their affiliation...

News

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. — PEXELS KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s law minister on Thursday said a Luxembourg court had set aside...

News

A man types on a computer keyboard in this illustration picture taken on Feb. 28, 2013. — REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL/FILE PHOTO WASHINGTON — The Federal...

News

To reach more customers across the country, Globe, the leader in Mobile, is opening assisted registration in 30 branches of leading supermarket Puregold as...

You May Also Like

News

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...

News

REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...

News

BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...

News

KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...

Disclaimer: Respect Investment.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.